News : VHP Launches Health Helpline for Poor
Nagpur, Feb 24, 2014 -- Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has started a helpline to provide subsidized health care to poor people. The India Health Helpline aims to provide free consultancy to a crore patients and free health check up to 10 crore patients in the coming three months.
VHP chief Dr Pravin Togadia launched the helpline with its toll free number in the city on Sunday. It will become functional from 8am on Monday. "The helpline will be available from 8am to 8pm on all days, except Sunday. A 300 seat call centre will help patients get required health care service under this project. The centre will cater to people in all national languages," he said.
According to Togadia, a lakh volunteers will act as a bridge between the beneficiaries and the doctors. "We have chosen the private doctors with care."
The VHP leader further said that his organization was not averse to patients taking help of government schemes. "We will teach people how to take advantage of these schemes. Our scheme has been launched because government health schemes involving private doctors are not available in many states."
The speciality branches covered under the project are heart, urology, ENT, eye, cancer, gynaecology, paediatrics, dental, diabetes, skin, neurology, orthopaedics, psychiatry and others.
Togadia said the project had been devised after consulting large number of doctors. "Our advisers include Dr Jitendra Patel, present chairman of IMA, and Dr GK Singh, one of the director of AIIMS."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014