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Mumbai doctor couple starts an initiative to collect unused COVID-19 medicines and give them to needy

On May 1, a doctor couple, Dr Marcus Ranney and his wife Dr Raina in Mumbai’s Cuff Parade started an initiative under the name of Meds For More -- to help the unprivileged at the time of crisis.

Mumbai doctor couple starts an initiative to collect unused COVID-19 medicines and give them to needy
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On May 1, a doctor couple, Dr Marcus Ranney and his wife Dr Raina, in Mumbai’s Cuff Parade started an initiative under the name of Meds For More -- to help the unprivileged at the time of crisis.

The couple is collecting medicines from those who have recovered from coronavirus and providing them to needy patients.

They have collected 20 kg of unused COVID-19 medicine from recovered patients, just within a period of 10 days. The couple decided to donate the collected medicines to the primary health centres across the rural areas of India in order to facilitate the treatment of the underprivileged and the needy.

"We started this initiative 10 days ago. We collect medicines from housing societies and provide them to those who can not afford them," Dr Marcus Ranney told ANI.

"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," added Dr Raina.

She further stated, "After that, we took the help from 7-8 people of neighbouring buildings and set up a team and started this mission with the objective of helping those who can not go out to buy medicines or anyone who can't afford the Covid medicines,"

Meds for More collects all kinds of unused medicines such as antibiotics, Fabiflu, pain relief, steroids, inhalers, vitamins, antacids, among others, that are being used to treat COVID-19 patients. Additionally, they are also collecting basic medicinal equipment like pulse oximeters and thermometers.

With growing awareness about the initiative, residents from neighbouring buildings have started volunteering to collect medicines. "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," mentioned Dr Marcus Ranney.

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