The Punjab government on Monday started a state-wide 24*7 health helpline number 104. Deputy commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu said the objective was to help people get in touch with doctors over the phone.
The move will benefit the people, especially those in rural areas, he said.
He informed that a team of paramedics, full-time medical practitioners and clinical psychologist would be available on the number.
He said that patient counselling, especially to the old, women, children and the poor would be done through it. Alcoholics, drug addicts, smokers and those with ailments such as anxiety, cancer would also be counselled, he said.
In addition, people can also use the number for complaints about about sex determination, procurement of birth and death certificates, abortion, non-availability of services under government schemes, especially Janani Sishu Surakasha Karyakaram (JSSK), and any other regulation by the health department.