Residents of areas under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will be able to receive free medical treatments for 15 days, starting from Tuesday, just by dialling a hotline.
Under a DSCC programme, doctors will visit people’s homes to treat patients and provide medicines for free once people call for health services using the hotline – 09611000999.
The DSCC has taken the initiative to provide the city dwellers with treatments for seasonal (winter) diseases, said Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon on Sunday.
His announcement came after the inauguration of a room designated for medical services at Nagar Bhaban and named after Khokon’s late father Mohammad Hanif, who was also the mayor of Dhaka. The initiative has been taken to commemorate the death anniversary of Hanif, officials said.
Khokon said: “During the Chikungunya breakout, we had provided free treatment, which drew people’s praise. This initiative, outside the regular services, has been taken to provide better medical treatment to the citizens.”
He said that there would be one team for each ward of the city corporation to coordinate this new initiative, set to officially kick off from Tuesday. “In total, 150 people will work on this at the field level. The number will increase if necessary.”
The mayor added that doctors would be briefed and trained over the next two days. DSCC Chief Health Officer Brig Gen Dr Sheikh Salahuddin would also be in the team of doctors.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune