Panaji: State government today launched toll-free 181 universal women helpline number, in a bid to rescue women in distress.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane launched the helpline number developed by Department of Women and Child Development in association with GVK EMRI, at a function held at Kala Academy.
Any woman can access 181 helpline for the purpose of counselling, guidance, information and also for rescue in various threatening situations including domestic violence.
On the occasion, the contract with 108 GVK EMRI was also renewed for another period of 10 years.
Addressing the gathering Rane said with the mission of saving lives, 108 Ambulance service was started in the state in the year 2008. “The service will continue to save thousands of the lives of the people of the state. The ambulances are equipped with advanced life saving systems, cardiac care among others to improve the health care facilities,” he added.
Rane also congratulated and appreciated the team of GVK EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute) for their dedication and commitment for their prompt and quality pre-hospital care facilities before admitting the patient to the hospital for further treatment.
Deepak Desai, Director of Women and Child Development said that toll-free helpline number will be operated under GVK EMRI for every woman in danger or in need. “It will help in having a positive impact on women empowerment and rights in the State of Goa,” he said.