Gujarat to launch ‘104’ fever helpline

AHMEDABAD: In an ambitious move, the state health department will be launching a 24-hour fever helpline later this week for the state. The service can be accessed by dialling ‘104’. It will provide service to both cities and rural areas.

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Upon call, a paramedic staff from nearby stations will visit homes and take blood samples for rapid tests and provide reports within a prescribed period to citizens.
The AMC is already chalking out a strategy for implementation of the programme.

“One of the main beneficiaries will be patients affected by vector-borne diseases, as they will come to know early symptoms and effective treatment that can be given,” said a senior AMC health official.
The AMC will require a staff of more than 600 to cater to emergency calls. “Along with malaria, diseases like typhoid, cholera, and other such waterborne diseases will also be detected early,” said the official.

Janani Express Yojana, government scheme for better health and facility for pregnant women, was launched today at RNT Medical College by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya.
Udaipur District has been allotted 25 Janani Express Ambulance, also called as ‘104’ ambulance service. ‘104’ is similar to ‘108’ ambulances. They are specifically meant to provide facilities in faraway places in Udaipur District to the pregnant women and new born babies.