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Kids’ helpline gets 3L calls since lockdown

NEW DELHI: Since the lockdown kicked in, Childline 1098, the 24×7 helpline across 569 districts for children in distress, has seen a spike in calls. Nearly three lakh callers have reached out to the helpline for help and information on the coronavirus as against the weekly average of about two calls received by the helpline call centres.
Childline India Foundation — 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.

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