The objective of the campaign was to create awareness about road safety regulations
Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, in collaboration with Mumbai Traffic Police, organised, ‘Bikeathon—Ride to Road Safety’. The event was flagged off by Manpreet Singh Sohal, Director, and COO, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Somnath Gharge, DCP (Western Suburbs), Shakuntala Maitri, ACP (West) and Santaji Ghorpade, Senior Police Inspector, Santacruz Traffic Police Division.
The objective of the campaign was to create awareness about road safety regulations and create an army of effective first responders in the event of road accidents.
Over 50 motorcyclists included citizens, top management of Nanavati Hospital, doctors, support staff and traffic policemen. The participants were felicitated for their contribution by Gharge with a badge of honour and certificate.
During the month-long campaign trail, a team of trained emergency medical experts from Nanavati Hospital offered Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to employees of Mumbai Traffic Police, Mumbai Police and their families at Police Colony of Santacruz. Similar workshops along with educative skits by Mumbai Traffic Police were organised for citizens at four prominent city malls and Juhu Chowpatty.
Core first responders to any medical emergency on the road, such as drivers of BEST buses, auto-rickshaws, ambulances and BEST Bus conductors were also trained at Andheri and Santacruz Bus Depots and Nanavati Hospital under the initiative.
Elaborating on the objectives of the initiative, Dr Akshay Deodhar, In-charge–Accident and Emergency Department, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said, “Post-pandemic normalcy has stirred intense movement and activity in the city, leading to a substantial increase in road accidents. As much as people are aware of road safety protocols, accidents and medical emergencies are on the rise. This campaign is an attempt to help citizens with basic safety tools and measures in the face of a road casualty whilst imparting them necessary knowledge on safe travel.”
The month-long campaign also entailed creating awareness through message-based hoardings, banners and placards such as ‘Don’t Drink & Drive’, ‘Wear Helmet’, ‘Wear Seatbelt’, ‘Drive Safely’ etc. at the busiest traffic junctions of the suburb.
Commenting on the initiative, Sohal said, “We are obliged to be associated with Mumbai Traffic Police for this integral campaign. We whole-heartedly support the decision to extend the Road Safety Week into a Month from this year on. Under the guidance of Mumbai Traffic Police, we have carefully planned several effective activities for all important stakeholders of society. The prolonged mass awareness about Road Safety and disaster management techniques will pave the way towards our national goal of Zero Road Fatalities by 2030.”