Auto driver from Karnataka offers free rides for COVID positive patients after his mother tests positive

BV Prashanth Kumar, the auto driver from Karnataka, realized the problems of COVID patients after her mother tested positive and decided to help them.

Amongst a lot of people who came forward to help the needy during the second wave of Coronavirus, those are most courageous, who, themselves, became frontline workers. One such person is an auto driver from Karnataka who started offering free rides for COVID-19 patients.


The Suntikoppa native, BV Prashanth Kumar, had realised the helplessness of people after her 65-year-old mother tested positive in April. Since his mother’s condition was not good, she had got admitted in Madikeri COVID Hospital where she was on the ventilator.

However, she recovered with time and returned home after the treatment. This is when Prashanth realized how people were struggling due to poor transportation facilities. After this, he shared his contact number on WhatsApp groups aiming to help patients.

People help the auto driver from Karnataka in his initiative

After starting free services from April 30, Prashanth took the help of Suntikoppa panchayat members to get an ID card to operate even during curfew hours. The members, along with social workers, help Prashanth with arranging money for the fuel. For safety purposes, a Suntikoppa Hospital doctor also provides him with PPE kits.

Prashanth is proud of what he does and aims to serve people until the lockdown gets lifted.

An initiative worth appreciating!

Source: The New Indian Express

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