He said India accounts for nearly 25 per cent of the TB patients in the world and reaching out to them is a major impediment.
Keeping this in mind the government will launch a toll-free helpline, whereby even a missed call would help them to connect with the health programme against the disease.
The Minister said, “We will use the mobile and telecommunication technology and provide platform to suspected patients to call us on a toll-free number seeking help and guidance. Based on the call received, our team will reach the person and check his or her status of TB and ensure the persons is covered in the programme to get correct diagnosis, free drugs, treatment and follow up. The missed call campaign will reflect a pro-active approach.”
For making the missed call programme successful, training and capacity building in the states will have to be undertaken before it is formally launched, added Nadda.