Shortage of doctors during Diwali is a known phenomenon in this part of the country. Keeping this in mind and to help the citizens, the Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) on Wednesday launched a helpline for different zones of the city that will let the people know about the availability of doctors in their area.
Talking about the facility, AMA president Dr Vidyut Desai said that it is a novel initiative by the AMA along with the Ahmedabad Family Physician Association.
“Planned telephonic consultation and immediate medical aid, if needed, will be available on the helpline numbers from November 3 to 9. This will help citizens deal with the limited availability of doctors during Diwali,” said Desai, adding, “We have been doing this for the last five years and each time it has been a success.”
This time, however, the initiative is being supported by 200 doctors. “Patients can call at the helpline numbers and the coordinator will help them get in touch with other doctors or specialists in their particular area. In case of minor medical issues, advice will be given over the phone,” said Desai.
For this, the city has been divided in five different zones with a doctor as the main coordinator for each zone. A similar service has been made available in Surat as well. The detail and updates of the initiative is also available on the AMA’s Facebook page.