During his visit to the post-Covid care centre at the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, Guindy, in Chennai, RID Mahesh Kotbagi felicitated seven Rotarians from RC Madras North, RID 3232, for their contributions towards Covid relief projects undertaken by the club. He, along with DG J Sridhar, PDG G Olivannan and club president John Fredrick, visited the Covid facility where the club has installed oxygen concentrators and medical equipment worth ₹1 crore. Appreciating the club’s efforts, Kotbagi noted that this project was in tune with RI President Shekhar Mehta’s mantra of ‘thinking and doing big’. The club stepped forward at a “very crucial time and worked with extraordinary pace in helping the underprivileged people of Chennai.”
He also met the director of the Covid centre Dr Narayanaswami and his team and assured him that if they required anything “Rotary will be there to help you.” Calling the doctors and the medical staff the “real heroes”, Kotbagi said “the sacrifices you are making for the safety and welfare of humanity is priceless and deserves lifelong gratitude.” Thanking the RI director, Dr Narayanaswami said while the deadly virus has brought out the inadequacies in the healthcare systems across the globe, “organisations like Rotary have played a vital role in equipping hospitals and supporting healthcare workers so that they can provide quick help to those in need.” DG Sridhar said the members of the club have proved that Rotarians are people of action by extending timely help to the healthcare workers in responding to the pandemic on a war-footing.