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Health Ministry launches medical consultancy phone service
May 13, 2014, 6:11 am

The Health Ministry launched, late Saturday, the "151" phone service for medical consultancy.

The Ministry's Undersecretary Dr. Khaled Al-Sahlawi told the press that 17 family physicians will answer calls from 2 till 10 p.m.

There are plans to extend the service for 24 hours as soon as more staff are available, said the official, noting that the physicians will hopefully answer medical inquires that do not require immediate attention.

In case of an emergency, the medical staff in charge of the service will be providing necessary information until an ambulance arrives, said Dr. Al-Sahlawi who indicated that the phone service would help improve medical care in the country and also lessen pressure on hospitals and medical centers.

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