July 12, 2008

AP: Health tips on toll-free '104' soon

Health minister Sambani Chandra Sekhar on Friday said the government would launch a toll-free number '104' soon to provide health tips.

Speaking at the 'World Population Day' programme here, the minister said the government had also decided to conduct health check ups in rural areas once every month. A special medical camp would be held at a village located at a distance of three kilometer from the primary health centre (PHC).

He also said that government had decided to appoint 600 doctors in rural areas in addition to the existing 3,000 doctors. A notification would be issued soon in this regard. The government would deploy a '108 ambulance' at each mandal. For this purpose, 150 more ambulances would be acquired soon. He claimed that A P was one of the top states in the country in conducting family planning operations. During the last 10 years, about 78 lakh family planning operations were conducted in the state.

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