NEW DELHI: To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in India, ride-hailing giant Uber said on Tuesday that it's launched a brand new service, UberMedic, to transport frontline healthcare workers.
"Uber is providing a brand new service, UberMedic, to transport frontline healthcare workers and help the govt. contain the spread of COVID-19 in India," Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India and South Asia, said during a statement.
"Working closely with a network of hospitals and leveraging our global experience and technology, UberMedic allows hospitals to simply and reliably arrange transportation for doctors and other medical experts to and from their homes as well as to healthcare facilities," Parameswaran said.
UberMedic is meant to make sure that each one of the healthcare workers who ought to be mobile have a reliable and efficient way of getting around.
"We hope that this 24/7 dedicated service gives hospitals and their healthcare workers the flexibility to offer optimal healthcare," Uber said during a statement.
Uber said it'll facilitate top-rated drivers and dedicated cars to the hospitals through its platform.
Keeping the security of drivers in mind, and in line with the govt. advisory, it'll work with partner hospitals to geet their drivers sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), which will include hand sanitisers, gloves, disinfectant sprays and face masks.
The drivers are going to be well-trained in COVID-19 related safety protocols, like not allowing riders to take a seat in the front passenger seat, Uber said.
"We also will provide dedicated phone support to our riders who use this service," it added.