Kauvery Hospital partnerswith YRGCARE, Rotary Club of Madras East and CURI hospital to reach out to underprivileged communities in Chennai through free COVID vaccination camp
Kauvery Hospital partnerswith YRGCARE, Rotary Club of Madras East and CURI hospital to reach out to underprivileged communities in Chennai through free COVID vaccination camps
AK Srikrishnan, COO, YRGCARE, announced today the partnership with Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME), Kauvery Hospital and CURI Hospital to reach out to underprivileged communities and offer them free COVID vaccination. The vaccination agreement was signed with both the hospitals today by Rtn.M.Srinivasa Rao, President, RCME , Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj Executive Director, Kauvery Hospitals and Dr.Anathakrishnan Sivraman and Mrs. Gayathri Ananthakrishnan, Managing Director, CURI Hospitals in the presence of Mr. AK Srikrishnan, COO, YRG CARE.
As we, as a society, prepare for an impending COVID third wave, our only saving grace is faster vaccination rates across all sections of our population. While Chennai has made good progress on COVID vaccinations, it is now the time to reach deeper into the underserved and underprivileged communities to ensure all sections of our society are secure from this deadly virus. This joint effort is aimed at enhancing the penetration of vaccinations for our helpers, drivers and all other forms of vocational workers who are yet to be vaccinated. RCME will be reaching out through their extensive networks to ensure that at least 2000 persons are vaccinated in a targeted fashion with support from Kauvery Hospital and CURI Hospital to deliver this in the most efficient manner possible. Overall the target is to deliver at least 5000 free doses of vaccinations over the next few months, free of charge.
Rtn. Srinivasa Rao, President RCME, said ‘the proposed free COVID vaccination action camps aligns very well with RCME’s plans for supporting post COVID recovery, especially for underprivileged communities. We are extremely happy to partner with YRGCARE, Kauvery Hospital and CURI Hospital to serve more than 2000 people from underprivileged communities.’
YRGCARE, through a financial grant from the Johns Hopkins India Institute, USA will be providing funding support for up to 5000 doses to be delivered in stages, while RCME, Kauvery hospital and CURI hospital will conduct the camps and administer these vital vaccine doses for free. In his message Dr Sunil Solomon, Chairman of the YR Gaitonde Foundation, and faculty in the John’s Hopkins School of Medicine observed that YRGCARE was committed to the welfare of the communities it serves.
Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) is among the most active clubs in Chennai and well known for its service projects. Some noteworthy projects include, donation of a Cancer Screening Mobile Bus to the NGO Penn Nalam at a cost of INR 43 lakhs, donation of equipment worth more than INR 3.35 crs to Ramakrishna Mission Polytechnic and Schools and ICU and surgical equipment worth nearly 1.88 crs to Hindu Mission Hospital. Presently, the club is setting up 8 Vision Centers in North Chennai at a cost of over INR 1 cr in association with Aravind Eye Care System to avoid needless blindness.
YRGCARE, an internationally recognized non-profit in Chennai, was established in 1993 by late Padmashri Dr Suniti Solomon and since inception has provided HIV prevention and treatment services to over 21,000 HIV infected persons in India. YRGCARE is amongst the largest HIV care providers in the private sector and has an extensive research portfolio of clinical, laboratory and behavioural research across the country.
Building on its public health expertise, YRGCARE’s COVID 19 response reduces its impact on house holds and communities it serves across India.
About Johns Hopkins India Institute:
The Johns Hopkins India Institute brings together the Hopkins community – faculty, staff, students, and alumni – and a diverse range of Indian partners to improve society in India and beyond through research, education, policy, and practice.