Assam to launch mobile health network

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Guwahati, Jul 1 (UNI) The Assam government will launch a mobile telephony network for health workers for reaching out to the pregnant women for neo-natal care.

The facility in the state, after Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, will be launched on July 8 in presence of Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss.

''This will be a mobile network where from me to the mid wife, everyone will be on a same network and there shall be no billing in the intra-network telephony. So a mid-wife can reach a doctor, para-medics using the system without any tariff'', said Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.

These mobile phones would be given largely to the mid-wives and would be in a single series, said Dr Sarma.

The service provider will be the BSNL and the health department is expected to spend around Rs 14 lakh per month for the scheme.

The government was making an effort to tie up with the Emergency Medical Research Institute(EMRI) of the Satyam Group to implement the project.

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