Manjunatha Ningappa Pujari Ferries 800 Patients During COVID Times To Save Lives

Mad4Society By Chaithra B S | 3 min read

Manjunatha

During last year’s COVID-19 first and second wave in India, many people have stepped up to assist those in need. Whereas many were having problems accessing emergency services due to the coronavirus pandemic, a man from Uttar Karnataka saved several lives.

Manjunatha Ningappa Pujari also well known as a ‘nocturnal ambulance man‘ has saved hundreds of lives in his auto-rickshaw in Belgaum, Karnataka. 

In the first wave of COVID-19, his father resulted in the death due to Covid. “There was no one to support us through this, and it drove me to aid virus-affected patients,” Manjunatha explained in an interview with Mad4India.

Manjunatha Started Assisting Those In Need

He hauled a few patients for free and others with minimal charges. Manjunatha gave the entire income he received to the Ashraya foundation and other charitable organisations.

During the second wave, Manjunatha was able to haul approximately 185 Covid patients in his auto-ambulance and overall he has served about 800 people.

Not only that, but he has distributed over 100 grocery packages in partnership with the Prayaas team and a local named Sanjay Kuligod, as well as 15 kits from his end.

Manjunatha used to work three jobs a day to support his family and aid those in need.

“From 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., I drove auto. My revenues were donated to the Ashraya Foundation, an NGO. To support my family, I worked part-time as an office assistant and part-time as a bill collector. Following work, I transport people to hospitals in the middle of the night, he said.

Manjunatha did not have a auto a few years ago. A pregnant woman in his neighbourhood need the services of an emergency ambulance. He quickly inquired about borrowing a car from a friend, which took him approximately two hours to arrange.

This experience prompted him to purchase an ambulance. However, due to financial restraints, he purchased an auto to assist the needy.

Manjunatha said, “As a child, I wished to join the Indian army. I began my Diploma degree in Coorg shortly after finishing my S.S.L.C. board exams. Sadly, my family faced a big setback during my final year when my father resigned from his work, losing our main source of money, causing me to discontinue my education and return to Belagavi.”

“I drove an auto for the following two years to support my family. I knew how to drive and was enthusiastic about it. I then worked as a car driver for a private company for two years until 2003, when I was involved in a major accident on the National Highway, which resulted in the dislocation of my left hand and right leg,” he continued.

“That day, my goal of joining the Indian Army was shattered. While I was still working for the firm, I received a phone on a typical afternoon from a pregnant woman who asked me to take her to the hospital because I used to work for a taxi company before joining the company. I didn’t have a vehicle to drive her to the hospital at the time. However, I managed to get the job done at that hour. The idea of contributing to society quickly returned. I quickly discussed with my friends and family the possibility of establishing something during the night for the needy,” he further added.

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Also after his death, Manjunatha wishes to assist and has opted to donate his body to the Jawaharlal Neharika Medical Institute for medical study. He is also a regular blood donor, having made 44 donations so far.

He delivers food and other supplies to those who are quarantined at their homes.
“I would like to buy an ambulance to help individuals who require emergency services with superior facilities,” he stated. “I’ll never give up working for a good cause.”

He hopes that his son would follow in his footsteps and join the Indian Army. “My son represents a beacon of hope for the future.”
His altruistic work is an example to us. Manjunatha invites everyone to come forth and demonstrate love and promote humanity.

Yet after his death, Manjunatha wishes to assist and has opted to donate his body to the Jawaharlal Neharika Medical Institute for medical study. He is also a regular blood donor, having made 44 donations so far.

Unfortunately, he relocated to Rajasthan in 2020 and had to discontinue his auto-ambulance service. Many people continue to contact him and discuss their concerns about travelling for treatments and other reasons.

“This warms my heart, and I eagerly anticipate returning to Belagavi and resuming my auto-ambulance service,” he says.

All through this tour, he has taken around 800 people to the hospital, and his drive to help others will never die. Each month, he donates Rs.2,000 to charity from his little earnings.

“My goal in telling my story is not to gain attention or popularity. My main mission is to sow the seed of social service in the hearts of everyone I encounter through various platforms. The essential notion I hold dear is that one should offer a portion of one’s earnings to aid individuals who encounter problems in various aspects of life “he adds. 

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