Amid the havoc ushered by the second COVID wave, the Lucknow Child Helpline (1098) has released a list of contact numbers for children in problematic situations. Besides assuring help to kids facing mental and physical issues due to the ongoing crisis, the helpline would also provide relief to those who have lost their family members. Additionally, children whose parents are admitted to the hospitals, will also be aided through this initiative.
Helpline operational for a long time for supporting distressed kids
Speaking to Knocksense, Child Helpline In-charge Krishna Sharma said," The child helpline has been functional from before to assist the children in need. Under this initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, information about distressed children can be given at 1098 and immediate care will be provided to them."
Through this helpline, deserted kids and children facing exploitation and domestic abuse are rescued and the needed care is provided to them. The establishment has been supporting such kids for a long time now.
Helpline numbers for ensuring guaranteed help to COVID-hit kids
Talking about the present COVID crisis, the official asserted, "During the current situation, when the pandemic has taken a ghastly form, we are witnessing deaths of both parents in certain families and the children are left alone. Keeping this in view, this facility has been initiated wherein anyone who spots a troubled child can call and report at the helpline numbers so urgent help can be assured to him/her. If there are relatives to take care of such a child and the family is faced with a need for food or medical supplies, related help will be given to them."
If a child is left all alone without a family, he/she will be presented in front of the juvenile court after a COVID test. After this, the Child Welfare Committee which is functional at the district level, will take care of the child.
Following numbers can be contacted if a need is observed-