Kohima: A road accident in 2011 changed 33-year-old Mohammed Javid’s life.

Wheelchair-bound, today Javid is on a cross-country tour of the country on his mission of spreading awareness on first care response to victims of accidents. He started from Chennai on his four-wheeler vehicle on March 8 and reached Nagaland on Thursday, covering a total of 14 states so far.

Interacting with journalists in Kohima, Javid shared that the campaign is aimed at helping the common man understand the importance of first aid and quick responses in case of road accidents. 

Recalling how the 2011 road accident changed his life, forcing him to embrace a new life as a person with disability (PwD), Javid said, “I want to save lives. It is important for the common man to learn how to provide proper first aid to accident victims.”

As he began his ‘Spine Yatra’ with the aim to cover all states, besides spreading the message of first responder care, he said that the need for more rehabilitation centres across the country to help victims come out of their four walls and unlock their talents. 

Despite the long drive challenges, dangerous roads and even no roads to drive on, Javid is determined to complete the 30,000 km tour he has embarked on and is eyeing to achieve a Guiness World Record for which he has registered. 

After the 8,500 km drive till Kohima, he will next move on to Arunachal Pradesh, before setting out to other states.

Professional social worker Kannadasan, and automobile engineer Jasiq Zamfeen quit their respective jobs to join Javid on his journey.

Sharing about the tour, Kannadasan said that in the North East region, bad roads are common, making the changes of road accidents very high.

Highlighting the accessibility issues that PwDs face across the country, he urged the need for the Centre and the state governments to provide disabled-friendly infrastructures.

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