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National helpline number 999 to launch next week

  • Published at 05:53 pm December 2nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:55 pm December 2nd, 2017
National helpline number 999 to launch next week
The nationwide emergency helpline 999 is set to be inaugurated by prime minister's Information and Communication Technology Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy next week. The office of the service has already been opened at the police control room in Dhaka city's Abdul Gani Road area, said sources from police headquarters. Any citizen of the country will be entitled to dialling the number, which will work as a one-stop emergency service centre. When contacted, Assistant Inspector General (Media) Sahely Ferdous said the premier's ICT adviser is expected to inaugurate the hotline between December 10 and December 12. Primarily, the emergency number will ease contact with police, fire services and hospitals, the AIG said.
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The ICT Division experimentally launched the National Emergency Service 999 on October 11, 2016. The number is completely toll-free. Since then, the hotline has been receiving a number of phone calls from people with queries, mostly regarding law enforcement, fire brigade and ambulance services. Considering the response, an inter-ministerial meeting was held at the Home Ministry over the issue on October 8 this year, where police headquarters was assigned the responsibility of conducting the service. Afterwards, a team headed by an additional deputy inspector general of police began the necessary processes to officially launch the service, which were recently completed. The article was first publised on banglatribune.com