Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has inaugurated the expanded national emergency services through using toll-free hotline number “999” across Bangladesh.
The number - 999- is an official emergency telephone number used in a number of countries around the world allowing the caller to contact emergency services for urgent assistance.
Joy inaugurated the services at a function in Dhaka's National Control and Command Centre well-known as Police Control Room of Abdul Gani Road on Tuesday.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Inspector General of Police A K M Shahidul Hoque, among others were also present in the programme.
A dedicated call centre has already been set up at the Police Control Room to provide the services.
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Following the inauguration of the expanded national emergency services, anyone from any place within Bangladesh can seek help for three emergency services--ambulance, police and the Fire Service and Civil Defence -- using both mobile and land phone.
The ambulance service, however, will not be free.
After ringing the "999," the caller has to keep their phone on for further inquiries by police.
However, police sources warned that legal action will be taken against anyone making prank calls on the emergency number.