Kolkata: Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Narendrapur and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Belur Math, have joined hands to give free vaccination to 1,500 underprivileged people. Total 3,000 vaccines were procured by the two wings of the RKM through its hospital at Narendrapur. The camps at Belur Math started on Sunday and will go on till August 1.
The camps at Narendrapur have already inoculated 837 people. Total Rs 19 lakh — that was required to buy the vaccines — was donated to RKM by a devotee. At Belur, 350 people were vaccinated on Sunday.
Workers at petrol pumps, tailoring shops, grocery units, construction sites and vegetable and fruit vendors were brought to the Belur Math campus of RKMVERI for vaccination. “We have decided to start intense work in this area because poor people need support since they cannot afford to pay for vaccination at the private facilities. We will visit the districts and tribal areas across Bengal to vaccinate poor people,” said Swami Atmapriyananda, pro-chancellor and secretary of RKMVERI. The institute has received a special mobile van, Swasthya Dhenu. The Rs 18 lakh ambulance was donated by a devotee, H Sudarshan, who runs a charitable trust.