UberMedic for frontline healthcare workers in Sri LankaWritten by
Our teams are working 24/7 to assist health and medical care authorities in responding to the pandemic, and to take actions which support drivers, riders, the government, and all our stakeholders.
One way we are doing this is by deploying our technology and making available our wide network of drivers to healthcare authorities so that they can arrange transportation for frontline healthcare providers to and from their homes as well to healthcare and medical facilities, through our new service – UberMedic.
UberMedic is designed to ensure that all healthcare workers who need to be mobile have a reliable and efficient way of getting around. We hope that this 24/7 dedicated service gives hospitals and their health care workers the flexibility to provide optimal healthcare.
We are grateful for all that Sri Lanka’s dedicated healthcare workers are doing for the community, and to begin with, have partnered with Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) Colombo to provide free rides worth 8.5 million LKR to help them travel with ease. This is part of our larger global commitment to make available 10 million rides free of charge to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need.
Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament – “This is a timely initiative by Uber Sri Lanka to offer free rides to health care workers. This service will begin with both the IDH and NHSL workers and will be expanded and extended to other hospitals as well. I thank Uber Sri Lanka for voluntarily offering their services, free, to the hard working health care professionals who are working day and night to ensure we are all safe. #TogetherWeCan”
Keeping the safety of drivers in mind, and in line with government guidelines, we will work with partner hospitals to provide drivers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including hand sanitisers, face masks and disinfectant sprays. The drivers will be well-trained in COVID-19 related safety protocols, such as not allowing riders to sit in the front passenger seat. We will also be providing dedicated phone support to our riders who use this service.