Careem in bid to improve health for its drivers, keep roads safe

Ride-hailing firm to offer free annual health checks

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Careem in bid to improve health for its drivers, keep roads safe It’s important to have fit and well drivers on the road to keep customers safe, Careem said.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 5, 2017

Careem drivers are due for free annual health check-ups, thanks to a new initiative by the ride-hailing company in partnership with healthcare provider, VPS Healthcare. 

Careem wants to keep its “Captains” healthy and safe on the roads, the company said, looking to ensure early detection of major health issues through examination of vital signs and cholesterol levels.

Launched in 2012 in Dubai and now live in some 82 cities across 12 countries in the broader Middle East including North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan, Careem is engaged in a fierce battle for supremacy  with Uber across cities in the region. Careem recently attracted investment from Didi, China’s giant ride-hailing app.    

Given the size of the company today, Careem is in a strong position to be able to negotiate special rates for its drivers, from groceries to life insurance, said Bassel Al Nahlaoui, VP of Government and Business Relations at Careem.

“It’s our duty to use this leverage especially when it comes to their (drivers’) health, something that they might often put in second or third place after looking after their families’ costs back home. It’s also important for us to have fit and well Captains on the road so that we keep our customers safe. Having an annual health check is something everyone should have access to, so we are thankful to VPS Healthcare for this generous gift they are sharing with us.”

VPS Healthcare wants to raise awareness of the important role of regular health check-ups, its chairman and managing director, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil said. “Careem fulfils a commuter’s fundamental needs for speed, reliability and flexibility and it is vital for their Captains to remain healthy.”

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