World Physiotherapy Day is annually observed on September 8 to raise awareness about the contribution physiotherapists make to society. To make this day more meaningful, HDB Financial Services (HDBFS) is organizing exclusive physiotherapy camps for the trucker community under its CSR initiative Transport Aarogyam Kendra (TAK).
Truck drivers often drive long-haul routes in confined spaces. Other factors like rough terrain, ergonomic dysfunctioning, vibrations during driving, urgency of deliveries, etc. add to their physical and emotional woes.
With an aim to focus on the truck driver’s health and wellbeing, HDBFS is conducting free physiotherapy camps from 8th September to 12th September across the states of Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and Madhya Pradesh, in thirty cities. The locations have been strategically planned in and around transport hubs to benefit maximum number of truck drivers. The camps have been organized in collaboration with local medical practitioners, transporters and industry associations. Experienced therapists and state-of-the-art medical equipment are used at the camps to provide quality healthcare services to truck drivers.
Commenting on the camp organization, Ajay Thakur – National Head, Commercial Vehicle Business said, “Over time, truck drivers can develop serious muscular imbalances which leads to bone and nerve problems leading to various aches. With an objective to focus on their overall health, HDB Financial Services has set up physiotherapy camps as across India to reach out to more number of drivers and mitigate the health challenges they experience through expert counselling sessions.”
About Transport Aarogyam Kendra
HDB Financial Services (HDBFS) initiated “Transport Aarogyam Kendra” – a physiotherapy program offered to the community at no cost, as a part of its CSR initiative for truck drivers.
HDB’s Transport Aarogyam Kendras offer preventive and curative care for occupation-related health disorders experienced by most truck drivers owing to their strenuous working conditions such as driving for very long hours with fixed seating posture, repetitive twisting of neck and back, working and sleeping in tight spaces, inadequate rest and poor diet. The primary objective of HDB’s Transport Aarogyam Kendra initiative is to improve the physical health condition of truck drivers in India.
TAK is being implemented in two formats; Mobile Camp Model and Static Clinic. Mobile Camps are short duration physio camps organized in transport hubs to create awareness on preventive care available in the form of physiotherapy, whereas Static Clinics offer preventive and therapeutic physio-care at the Kendras within the transport hubs.
In 2021, around World Physiotherapy Day, HDB Financial Services launched its first static Transport Aarogyam Kendra in Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, followed by a Kendra launch in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu and Kalamboli, Maharashtra. The locations are strategically selected in and around major transport hubs to ensure easy access and reach to drivers. Until date, TAK initiative has benefitted over 35,000 truck drivers in India.