NU Hospitals in Bengaluru recently organized “Auto Drivers’ Get-Together’ at Padmanabhanagar wherein they arranged medical experts and doctors from across the city to address health-related queries and fitness concerns of the city’s auto rickshaw drivers.
The auto drivers discussed how they could not concentrate on their health as most of them were working at odd timings, often the entire nights. Many a times, the drivers also have to sleep in the vehicle. A major trouble occurs due to lack of toilet facilities and inadequate drinking water thus affecting their health drastically.
At the special programme, Dr Dilip Rangarajan (Group Medical Director and Senior Nephrologist, NU Hospitals) explaiend through a presentation how the auto rickshaw drivers can lead a healthy lifestyle. Dr Vinod Kumar P (Consultant Urologist, General surgeon at NU Hospitals) also shared tips on how despite hectic work schedule, the auto drivers should not neglect their health.
The doctors focused on complaints related to kidney stones, particularly Dr Kumar explained to the auto drivers possible reasons for the cause of kidney stones. He advised drivers to drink water regularly.
Dr Kumar also gave insights on other health issues like prostate enlargement etc. Dr Prakrutha (well-known obstetrician – gynaecologist and a noted fertility and IVF specialist) spoke about various issues faced by women and said that even if they aren’t present at the event, the drivers could advise their wives, daughters, and mothers.
At the end of the programme, Durga Prasad (founder of Aram Auto), Manjunath (Bengaluru Naga Auto Chalakara Adhyaksha, Karunadu Vijaya Sene) and Manjunath (Peace Auto, Padmanabhanagar Constituency president) were felicitated.