Pune, October 5— The Coronavirus-driven lockdown has impressed many people across the country to come out of their comfort zones and help the needy. Pune couple Deepa and Deepak Parab are among such noble souls.
The couple, who train women bouncers, have converted their van into an ambulance and during the lockdown have helped scores of people reach the hospital on time without any charges, says a report in Hindustan Times.
They started the free service after the Ranragini Self Defence Academy where they train women bouncers was closed due to the lockdown.
“We started the ambulance service in the second week of May. We initiated it after one of my students lost her father due to Covid-19 and as the ambulance owner was asking them to pay Rs 3,500 for a ferry, they couldn’t afford it,” Deepa was quoted as saying by the English daily.
“Whenever we get a call for ambulance services anywhere in the city we rush to help,” she further said.
So far, they have taken around 50 patients to hospital.
Rafiq Shaikh, a local resident, told the daily: “My father was unwell during the lockdown period and he suffers from a heart condition. We wanted to take him to the hospital, but the ambulance service was not available. My friend gave me the number of Parab and because of them, we could take my father to the hospital on time.”
As their training academy is closed, the couple have found out another way to support themselves financially — they sell sanitisers and also offer services to sanitise houses.