Sessions led by acclaimed women Assistant Sub Inspector Kiran Sethi
Training provided on basic self defence techniques and moves and how to deal with crisis situations
Aiming to make its women workforce confident to deal with a crisis situation in the wake of rising incidence of crime against women in Delhi, Health Care at Home (HCAH), India’s first hi-tech, documented, quality homecare service provider, today organised a self defence training session here in association with Delhi Police.
The training, held on the HCAH’s premises, was led by Assistant Sub Inspector Kiran Sethi, a Judo and martial arts expert. She has been leading several such defence training in schools, colleges and corporate houses.
The session saw participation of 200 employees of HCAH, majority of which was women. All the senior and junior women employees took part in the self defence training session.
Health Care at Home is a joint venture between Burman family, promoters of India’s leading natural health care products maker Dabur, and founders of Healthcare at Home, UK. HCAH, a nursing-led company, provides high-end and cost-effective treatments at home for services ranging from cancer care, critical care, palliative care, post-operative care to setting up of supportive ICU, among others.
Women form the majority of HCAH’s workforce, especially nurses who have to be available round the clock for patients.
“At HCAH our intent is to empower employees. Ensuring their safety is of prime importance to us, especially of that of women. Various measures are taken by the company to make the employees feel safe and secure. The training will further boost their confidence and embolden them to face any untoward situation,” said Vivek Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer, Health Care at Home.
Delhi recorded 3,347 cases of molestation in 2013, up from 653 in the previous year, a rise of over 412%, as per the Delhi Police. Apart from heinous crimes, stalking and eve-teasing are a normal affair in the national capital.
The women employees were provided training on basic self defence techniques, and moves. They were given insights into how to tackle one, two and a gang of people, and which objects to use like keys, deodorants in cases of emergency to defend themselves.
“We are very committed to employees’ safety. All our medical vans and tablets used by our nurses and other staff are GPS-enabled which helps to track them. We also have an IT-based platform to track employees and an emergency response system in place. This makes our employees feel protected. We provide our own cabs to employees and have certified drivers to escort them. All our employees carry pepper sprays provided by company and we have provision for panic alarms too. Also prior to assigning our employees for a home visit, we make it fulfills our safety criteria. Only when it satisfies us, an employees is sent to a patient’s home. The self defence training will further build the confidence of our women employees and we will keep organising such sessions in future as well,” said Gaurav Brahambhat, Head, Operations, Health Care at Home.
Apart from the women employees, skill training was imparted to men employees as well. Besides imparting self defence skills to them, they were also taught on how to save a women in times of crisis and what should they do if they come across any eve-teasing incident. The training session evoked a huge response from the HCAH employees, who very enthusiastically learnt the techniques taught.
About HealthCare at Home India
HealthCare at Home (HCAH) is a joint venture between the Burman family, promoters of India’s leading natural health care products maker Dabur, and Dr Gareth Jones and Charles Walsh, the founders of the UK-based Healthcare At Home (HAH).
They joined hands to introduce the concept of managed at-home specialized healthcare services in India and the company started operations in the country in April 2013.
The Delhi-based company works with corporate hospitals and doctors to offer critical healthcare services in oncology (cancer care), pulmonology (lung care), post-operative care (orthopedics, cardiac, bariatric -- weight loss surgery -- etc), critical care and palliative care. Understanding the need for special care for older lot in the country, the company also offers specialized elderly care and medical companionship programme for them.
Setting up of ICU at home and providing medical facilities like chemotherapy in the confines of one’s house, which were so far unimaginable, set HCAH apart.
The company works alongside the patients’ doctors to offer high-end, clinically credible treatment to patients in the comfortable confines of their homes. The company ensures that the treating doctors are always kept in loop and that the treatment is led by their prescriptions only.
The company offers its services in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, from where it serves the Chandigarh tri-city and Jaipur. The company plans to go pan-India in the next 2 years.