July 14, 2024

Murugappa Group’s NBFC Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited (Chola) has partnered with Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital to provide cardiac treatment and care to the children of truck drivers, cleaners and mechanics.

The Chola Health Ministry has allocated an expenditure of Rs 132 crore for supporting cardiac surgeries for children aged between newborns and 18 years as part of the “Healing Little Hearts Programme” for 2019-2021.

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals provides cardiac care to children of truck drivers from three centres – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Pediatric Cardiac Care Centre, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Pediatric Cardiac Care and Research Centre, Palwal (Haryana) and Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Pediatric Cardiac Care and Pediatric Cardiac Skills Training Centre, Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra).

“Today, trucking is one of the most important links driving productivity and competitive efficiency, leading to the country’s rapid economic development. It also plays a key role in bringing about the development of remote regions by opening them up to trade and investment and integrating them with the mainstream economy.”

“However, the lives of truck drivers, cleaners and mechanics are adversely affected by inconvenience, poor facilities and lack of rules and regulations. The stress and difficulties of the job affect their physical and mental health. This initiative is our small step towards bringing stress relief and happiness in their lives,” Chola managing director Arun Alagappan said in a statement.

“Many truck drivers come from economically disadvantaged families and the medical costs for ailments other than a routine fever or cold are even more difficult for them. And complex heart surgeries and transplants are clearly beyond their financial means,” said Dr Subramanian Chellappan, director of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Palwal, Haryana.

Around 240,000 children are born with congenital heart disease (CHD) every year in India, which is one of the leading causes of child deaths. Sai Sanjeevani Hospital says it provides all services related to congenital heart disease problems free of cost to all.

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