4005252: A shot in the arm
Punjab has launched the country’s first hotline to deal with public health issues in general but specifically with an eye on the alarming rate of female feticide in the state.
Some information about the Community Hotline Service (from the report in Chandigarh Tribune):
- The service was launched on Oct 08, 2009 as a pilot project in Punjab as part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
- it is a 9 am to 6 pm telephone service
- caller has to dial 4005252 and follow the instructions
- in the instructions, the first 3 of the 4 options are related to the female feticide issue.
- the service gives residents an opportunity to get their grievances and suggestions registered as regards health services in the state.
- the call made to this number is kept anonymous. “No one can know who is calling till the caller chooses to identify himself or herself.”
A much needed initiative. Now, the next step is to ensure that this information reaches all those who might need to make that call.