Earlier, an NGO had been trying to involve auto drivers in a campaign against tobacco-related diseases but the response was dismal. “We got to know that NGOs were finding it very difficult to spread awareness among auto rickshaw drivers. So we decided to organise a health camp for the drivers of Navi Mumbai wherein dental checkups will be conducted free of cost,” said Sanjay Raut, deputy regional transport officer at Navi Mumbai RTO.
“After the oral checkups, drivers will be counselled by dentists from dental colleges, and those identified with oral diseases will be provided treatment and medicines at nominal charges,” said Vijay Kumar Katti, member of a non-profit organisation. “Our men are interested in participating in the health camp, as they are being offered free counselling and checkups. However, if the Bandh call given today is marred by violence, many drivers may not turn up,” said Sunil Borde, president of Chalak Malak Rickshaw Ekta Union, Navi Mumbai. The health camp will be held at the RTO ground near the RTO office in Navi Mumbai.