Chola Partners with Sanjeevani Hospitals, Provides free heart treatment for children of trucking Staff
Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited (Chola), the financial services arm of Murugappa Group, has collaborated with Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals to provide cardiac treatment and care to children of truck drivers, cleaners and mechanics from anywhere in the country. Chola has pledged to support the surgical heart procedures on these children whose ages range from new born upto 18 years with a total outlay of Rs 132 lakhs towards the 'Healing Little Hearts Programme' during 2019 - 2021.
Commenting on the initiative, Arun Alagappan, Managing Director, Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited said, "Trucking is today one of the most important links that facilitates productivity and competitive efficiency, leading to rapid economic development of the country. Yet the lives of truck drivers, cleaners and mechanics are adversely affected by inconveniences, poor facilities, and the absence of rules and regulations. The stressful and challenging nature of the work influences their physical as well as mental health. This initiative is a small step from our end to bring some de-stress and happiness into their lives."
Sri Sathya Sanjeevani Hospitals will provide cardiac care for the children of trucking staff from three centres in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Palwal (Haryana), and Navi Mumbai ( Maharashtra).
Speaking on the partnership with Chola, Dr. Subramanian Chellappan- Director Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital- Palwal, Haryana said, "In India, every year around 2.4 Lakh children are born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) with this being one of largest cause of child mortality. Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals addresses India's this national burden of Congenital Heart Disease by providing all services Totally Free of Cost to all. We are happy to be partnering with Chola in saving little hearts of children from trucking community.”
Most of the trucking staff comes from financially not-so-well-off backgrounds and more so when it comes to healthcare costs for ailments beyond normal fever and cold. And when it comes to complicated cardiac procedures and transplants, it's clearly beyond their means.
“Over the past six months, we have completed nine successful procedures ranging from VSD Surgical Closure, DCRV Repair, Supracardiac TAPVC Repair, Ventricular Septal Defect, PDA Ligation, Intra-cardiac repair for TOF correction and ASD Closure. The cost for each of these procedures range anywhere between Rs 80,000 to Rs 4,00,000/ in private hospitals. This gracious support from Chola is not just going to give second life to these children but is going to uplift these families financially and socially. And our biggest reward is the smile on the children's and their parents' faces," added Chellappan.
“Chola will continue to carry out activities for the benefit of communities around our areas of operation spread across the country," said Alagappan.
Truck drivers, cleaners or mechanics whose children are suffering from Congenital Heart Disease may approach Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals to avail of the free treatment.