Dr Raina and her husband, Dr Marcus Ranney, started a citizen initiative called 'Meds for More' in Mumbai 10 days ago. The couple collects unused COVID19 medicines from recovered patients and donates them to the people who need the medicines but cannot afford them.
Ever since they have started the initiative, they have collected over 20 kg of these medicines and donated them to their partner NGOs.
They mainly function by procuring medicines from different housing societies and then going ahead with supplying them to NGOs.
"We've now 100 buildings that are sending medicines to us. We are a team of eight people & of course, the volunteers in different buildings. Last week, we collected 20 kgs of medicines, which have been packaged & given to our NGO partners," said Dr Marcus in a statement to ANI.After
Explaining how they came upon the idea for initiative, Dr Raina said, "The idea came when one of the family members of our staff got infected from Covid and they needed medication. As you know the medicines can be expensive. At that time there were a few people who had recovered from Covid, so we decided to take their medicines and donate them."
Following this, they took help from a team of 7-8 people and started building their initiative with the help of medicines from other housing societies. Since then, Meds for More has managed to collect medicines such as antibiotics, Fabiflu, pain relief, steroids, inhalers, vitamins, and antacids. They are also collecting basic medicinal equipment like pulse oximeters and thermometers.
(With inputs from NDTV).
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