Child helpline receives 3L calls since closing

NEW DELHI: Since the blockade began, Childline 1098, 24x7 in 569 districts for children in trouble, he has seen an increase in calls. Almost three callers for lakh have contacted the helpline for help and information on the coronavirus compared to the weekly average of about two received by helpline call centers.

Childline — the nodal agency of the women and child development ministry managing and operating the 1098 service has been reaching out to callers with food for the hungry and helping transport sick children to a health facility. “There have been eight to 10 such calls a day pertaining to children who needed medical assistance,” officials said.