GUWAHATI, June 23 � Assam would have another user-friendly facility in the health-sector very soon. The State Government is to launch a project, christened 104, which would enable people to make phone calls and receive information on health problems, including HIV/AIDS. The free of cost service would be run on the model of 108 Emergency Service and would be available round the clock. Moreover, in sensitive cases, full confidentiality would be maintained.
This was stated by State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing the inaugural function of the Red Ribbon Express at Kamakhya Station today.
Sarma further revealed that plans are also been prepared to build a dedicated shelter-home for children under the age of five, who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS or those who face hardships due to their parents being infected with the HIV virus.
Initially the home for young children would support 50 boys and girls from different parts of the State. He said both the steps are in consonance with the government�s commitment to health and welfare of those who are among the most vulnerable in the State.