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January 1970

Telenor Pakistan Helps Establish Medical Helpline in Skardu

Islamabad, Monday 23 July 2007: Now people of Skardu and neighboring areas can call up a professional health service for their immediate medical needs. As part of its Corporate Responsibility programme, Telenor Pakistan has provided free handsets and connections to the Baltistan Health & Education Foundation (BH&EF) to enable its medical staff to make their services easily available to the people of the area.

Commenting on the initiative, Executive Vice President Irfan Wahab Khan said, Telenor Pakistan is the first mainstream mobile operator to open its network in the area. It gives us an opportunity to put our telecommunications expertise at the service of the people here. Due to the tyranny of distance? people living in remote mountain villages often cannot afford to go to Skardu to avail health facilities, lest alone consult a medical doctor, as none is available in their villages. This service should help.?

Giving details of the service, Chairman Baltistan Health & Education Foundation Dr Hans Frey said, Now the people of Skardu and surrounding areas can call for emergency first aid and transport, midwife assistance, and medical information. In turn, medical staff can easily contact community health-centers, hospitals and clinics for further advice or referrals.?

Different Telenor Pakistan numbers have already been dedicated for different services with more to come:
0344- 95 111 00 for the Baltistan Medical Helpline
344- 95 111 09 for Ambulance Services,

The aim for the future is to take tele-health further and explore how hospitals and clinics can be linked via mobile camera phones connected to mobile networks. Instead of traveling long distances, people should easily be able to contact from remote health centers to seek diagnosis and advice with the help of multimedia content (sound, images, video),? Frey explained.

About Telenor Pakistan
The Telenor Group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communications services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 123 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

About Baltistan Health & Education Foundation
Baltistan Health & Education Foundation is working since 1989 in the two Districts of Baltistan, Skardu & Ghanche, in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, concentrating on providing healthcare to the poor, particularly women & children, where public healthcare services have remained inadequate.

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