Hyderabad: The Telangana forest department, in association with the Helping Hand Foundation (HHF), launched telemedicine services to offer expert advice for its staff and their family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department had recorded over 300 cases and 21 deaths from COVID-19 so far.
"We are pleased to inform you that the forest department has engaged us in providing online telemedical and allied services for their 5,000 staff and their family members. Apart from support regarding medicines, the HHF will provide assistance at five government nodal COVID centres in facilitating admissions and also providing beds to the staff at 50 bedded isolation centres recently set up by the foundation in Rajendranagar," said Mujtaba Askari, founder, HHF.
As part of the initiative, the HHF will be setting up a dedicated helpline with a team of two counsellors and two doctors to offer exclusive telemedicine support to staff and their family members, who tested positive for COVID. The telemedical service will be operational from 9 am to 6 pm and the time period will be extended in case of emergency.
The forum also agreed to provide ambulance services within the GHMC limits for COVID emergencies. In a video call R. Shoba, principal chief conservator of forests, the modalities of the support system for the forest department were discussed with all officers of the department. District forest officers of districts will be the nodal officers at the district level and the overall nodal officer will be M.J. Akbar IFS, CCF, Hyderabad Circle.
The foundation will also assist COVID-19 positive staff and their family members, if required, at all city-based government COVID-19 centres. The HHF will also offer orientation programmes and awareness campaign to the forest department staff on request.