COVID Warriors: Mumbai Doctor Couple Starts ‘Meds For More’, Collects Over 125 Kgs Of Unused COVID Medicines

COVID Warriors: Mumbai Doctor Couple Starts ‘Meds For More’, Collects Over 125 Kgs Of Unused COVID Medicines

Meds For More, a citizen-led initiative started by the couple – Dr Marcus Ranney and Dr Raina Ranney – collects unused and unexpired medicines from COVID recovered patients to distribute it to those in need and who cannot afford it
COVID Warriors: Mumbai Doctor Couple Starts 'Meds For More’, Collects Over 125 Kgs Of Unused COVID MedicinesMeds For More is a Robinhood style citizen-led initiative started from Mumbai to provide people with COVID-19 medicines, especially those who cannot afford it
Highlights
  • Meds For More aims at bridging the gap between haves and have nots
  • Medicines required in COVID treatment are collected from recovered patients
  • Through Meds For More, the team also aims to reduce wastage of medicines

New Delhi: At a time when getting basic medicines to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle for many in the country, a doctor couple in Mumbai are collecting medicines from those who have recovered from COVID and providing it to those in need. Meds For More, a citizen-led initiative started by the couple – Dr Marcus Ranney and Dr Raina Ranney – collects unused and unexpired medicines from COVID recovered patients. In an interview with NDTV, Dr Marcus Ranney said the idea struck after one of the family members of their domestic staff got COVID-19. Recalling the day when Meds For More was conceptualised, 37-year-old Dr Ranney said,

On May 1, one of our household staffs’ son was diagnosed with COVID-19 and he asked us if he can bring the report. While waiting for him, I was just chatting with my wife, who is also a doctor, that you know some of these medicines are really expensive like Fabiflu so what can we do to help?

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Instantly, Dr Ranney realised that in his apartment building, Atur Terraces, three people recovered from COVID-19 recently. He immediately dropped a message on the building’s messaging group, asking recovered COVID-19 patients to send leftover medicines to him so that he can give it to people in need.

My wife also texted on residential society’s WhatsApp group and other neighbouring societies and before we knew it, we had 10-15 people extending a helping hand. As of today, we have reached out to around 100 residential complexes in Mumbai and collected over 125 kgs of medicines. That’s how an innocuous question led to the birth of Meds For More, said Dr Ranney.

The idea is to send these medicines to the primary health care centres in rural and tribal areas across the country for the effective treatment of the people. Dr Ranney who has worked with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in slum areas during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen the misery of people first hand says,

COVID-19 not only affects lives but also the livelihoods of the people and a lot of people cannot afford even basic medicines required for the treatment.

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Screen, Segregate And Box: Meds For More Works The Robinhood Way

The couple has joined hands with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals who have stepped up as volunteers. The medicines are collected, screened to check the expiry date and packaging, segregated and then packed to send TO different locations.

Explaining the collection process in detail, Dr Ranney said,

There are two ways for collection – one is an individual donor that is people willing to donate can reach out to us through e-mail or social media and send across the medicines. In Mumbai, we have set up collection points, one each in South, North, East and West. Second, if someone wants to volunteer and collect medicines at a local level. We provide posters, creatives for boxes, a list of medicines that are required and other things needed for the collection drive. Local building representatives circulate the message on the WhatsApp group and put up a notice. Parallely, a collection box is kept in lobbies. Individuals send the medicines down to the building and they are stored in the box which is sent to us.

The medicines are then screened to ensure there is no expired medicine and then segregated on the basis of steroids, blood thinners, vitamins, antivirals, anti-acids, among others. The segregated medicines are then packed and labelled with the name and the number of doses in a box.

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Dr Raina Ranney said that the team collects medicines used in the treatment of COVID-19,

This includes anything from pain relief to fever to steroids to even Fabiflu, antiviral, anti-allergies, anything that can be used to treat COVID patients is what we are essentially collecting. We don’t take medicines like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab. We have also had people donate a few other medicines which haven’t been used in the COVID efforts, said Dr Raina Ranney.

Starting May 17, the initiative has been expanded to four more cities – Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. With the help of local and national level NGOs, the distribution process has began in Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat. More states to join soon.

In the first two weeks, we only collected medicines. Before we start distribution, we have to ensure that partner NGOs have the right licenses and permissions to operate and reach out to people. They also need to ensure that these medicines are given to people through a proper prescription. We are acting as an amplification channel to bring the mission from people who have and provide it to people who don’t have it, said Dr Ranney.

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‘Robinhood style citizen-led initiative’, as Dr Ranney calls it, also aims at reducing waste by bridging the gap between the haves and have nots and making use of the limited resources. He informed that people have also suggested the team to collect oxygen concentrators and other types of medicines for other diseases.

Inspired by people’s goodwill and the willingness to help, Dr Ranney said,

As medicos, it is easier to help. We have a skill set and an ability to do something. I felt people from non-medical background wanted to do something but didn’t know how to do. Donating unused medicines is a small act that we all can do at an individual level but collectively it leads to a greater impact.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

126

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