Government launches ‘Sehat Tahaffuz’ helpline 1166 to provide health-related information to people

The helpline was launched on Thursday.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza has launched ‘Sehat Tahaffuz’ helpline 1166 on Thursday. The purpose of the helpline is to provide health-related information services to the people.

Citizens will be able to get immediate assistance with their queries regarding Polio and routine immunization services through this helpline. SAPM Dr. Zafar Mirza said that the initiative is expected to have ‘lasting benefits for people’.

“The Sehat Tahaffuz helpline is an initiative of the Government of Pakistan. The aim of introducing the helpline is to bring lasting health benefits to all citizens,” said Dr. Zafar Mirza.

By calling the 1166 number, the citizens will be able to access reliable information regarding immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. It will enable them to handle misinformation and anti-vaccine propaganda, which is a major hurdle in polio eradication in Pakistan.

Coordinator National Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar briefed the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on the operations of the Sehat Tahaffuz helpline.

”Run by well-trained staff with local language capacities, the helpline operates from 8 am to 12 midnight every day. It can immediately report a missed child to relevant staff for follow-up and vaccine coverage”.

The helpline also provides information related to other health services,” he said.

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