Govt to start toll-free helpline for TB patients
Aiming at eradicating tuberculosis from the country, the Centre is set to launch an emergency helpline number to reach out to all suspected TB patients. The government on Thursday said that it will launch a toll-free helpline number, whereby even a missed call would suffice to connect them with the health programme against the disease.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, “We are working on getting the toll-free number launched as soon as possible. Preparations and training are going on at the state-level in this regard.”
Nadda said, “Patients will be able to call on this toll-free number for support and information regarding TB. Even a missed call will suffice. Based on the call, the ministry’s team will reach the person concerned, check him or her and ensure that s/he is covered in the programme to get correct diagnosis, free drugs, treatment and follow-up.”
The minister said, “A massive awareness campaign through multi-media will be taken up as part of the call to action for a TB-free India. The call to action is not merely a slogan. It is a movement to galvanise all stakeholders for a common-shared commitment.”