The National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel launched a special hotline and call center solution in collaboration with the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) of the Ministry of Health to provide free consultation on providing knowledge and awareness on the prevention and control of cancers.
Any inquiries with regards to cancer care could be made directly to the newly launched Mobitel hotline 0715 320 320 which will connect you to a qualified doctor at any time of the day. This hotline offers convenience in obtaining the necessary information while assuring the anonymity of the caller.
Minister of Health, Hon. Maithripala Sirisena commenting at the launch of the initiative said, “About 20,000 new cancer cases are detected each year which confirms that cancer is one of the highest rating non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the country and the world over. Ensuring early detection and treatment is key to treating any illness. This is what we hope to accomplish through this special hotline service.”
Mobitel’s Acting CEO, Kapila Chandrasena further explained that over 60 calls were received each day inquiring about information on cancer-related issues. “We are very proud of this new initiative as it allows us to address a critical need. The hotline could potentially change people’s lives if they take advantage of this opportunity. Cancer is responsible for close to 9% of NCD deaths in Sri Lanka, despite the fact that some cancers are preventable and effectively curable when detected early. This is exactly where education and awareness creation mechanisms such as this hotline are important.”
The hotline will initially have six qualified doctors who would assist callers in English, Sinhala or Tamil, with plans for expansion based on caller demand.
Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health is seen exchanging the MoU with Manju Fernando, Consultant, Mobitel. They are flanked by officials from the Ministry and Mobitel.