Kerala

Firemen offer free medicines to poor

Fire and Rescue Services personnel delivering free medicine to a man in Palakkad on Wednesday.

Fire and Rescue Services personnel delivering free medicine to a man in Palakkad on Wednesday.  

Service launched in Palakkad

Personnel of the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services are proving again and again that their job is ultimately driven by service. After hitting news headlines by delivering medicines and other essentials to people across the State last week, Firemen in Palakkad have gone a step further by distributing medicines free of cost to the poor.

“We are doing it with the help of agencies which are willing to help. Lions Club of Palakkad has come forward with help. We are roping in other voluntary organisations too in the days to come,” said District Fire Officer Arun Bhaskar.

Mr. Bhaskar and team inaugurated their new service on Wednesday by getting vital medicines for a kidney patient from Padalikkad near Malampuzha. The medicine was procured from Jubilee Mission Medical College at Thrissur and delivered to the man at Padalikkad.

“So far, we have been reaching out to people in different places with the medicines they wanted. They were paying for the medicines either directly to us or by transferring to bank account.

“But during this work, we found that some people were struggling really hard to make the payment for medicines,” said Mr. Bhaskar, explaining the situation that made them launch the free medicine supply scheme.

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Printable version | Jul 7, 2020 11:27:59 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/firemen-reach-out-to-the-poor-with-free-medicines/article31358895.ece

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