National Health Authority partners with Uber to provide dedicated transport service to COVID-19 healthcare workers

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The National Health Authority has announced its partnership with Uber India to
provide safe, reliable and efficient transport for India’s frontline healthcare workers engaged in
the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Uber will initially facilitate the provision of 150 cars free of
cost to support medical facilities in New Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Prayagraj
and Patna through its recently launched UberMedic service. All UberMedic cars supplied to
NHA will be equipped with roof-to-floor plastic sheeting enclosing the driver’s seat, thereby
acting as a protective barrier between the rider and driver.
The pilot scheme meets the Prime Minister’s goal of practicing social distancing even within the
confines of an UberMedic car. Additionally, each UberMedic car will be disinfected after every
ride to ensure the highest possible safety and hygiene standards in line with government
guidelines.
Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-
JAY) and National Health Authority said, “The partnership with Uber in this hour of need is a
much needed initiative to extend necessary support to the healthcare workers who are leading
this fight against COVID-19. Limited mobility options had made it difficult for frontline workers to
travel to their workplaces which is the hospital. This initiative will further strengthen India’s
response to contain the spread of COVID-19.”
Mr. Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India and South Asia said, “Uber is proud to
partner with the National Health Authority to offer free UberMedic rides to transport frontline
healthcare workers in specific locations for helping contain the spread of COVID-19. All drivers
will be specially trained in safety procedures and provided with personal protective equipment
including masks, sanitizers and disinfectants to sanitize UberMedic cars after each ride. Uber
salutes all our frontline healthcare workers and will continue supporting them and the
government in the days and weeks ahead.’’

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