Launch of Four New National Helpline Numbers
Four new helpline numbers have been launched by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with the aim to help people during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the promotion of these numbers advisory was issued by the government to the private channels to help spread awareness regarding the pandemic by displaying the four numbers on their respective channels.
The four numbers are
- 1075: Nation al helpline number of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- 1098: Ministry of Women and Child Development’s Child helpline number.
- 14567: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment’s Senior Citizens Helpline number. This number is for the states of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Uttarakhand.
- 08046110007: National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) helpline number to provide psychological support.
Reason for launching these numbers
The government wants to create proper awareness for Covid Treatment protocols, vaccination and Covid-appropriate behaviours.
- Apart from these newly launched numbers, Ministry of AYUSH has operationalised a community support helpline number 14443 so as to provide solutions and approaches which are AYUSH based for various challenges raised due to COVID-19.
- The 1075 Covid helpline number is now open to rural India for the booking of vaccination slots.
- This information was provided by RS Sharma head of the National Health Authority (NHA).
- On 29th May 2021, the government of Haryana has launched a helpline number for children. By calling the mobile number 9416108132 people can seek psychological help from their respective homes.
About Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Minister: Prakash Javadekar