Airtel users in Karnataka will now have access to two new health care services via their mobile phones. The services; Virtual Blood Bank Service and VacciDate service are being offered to subscribers free of cost.
Airtel claims that in an emergency, its subscribers can rely on its service to call for the Virtual Blood Bank Service when in need of blood. This service aims to bridge the gap between blood banks, donors & recipients of blood. Subscribers will need to dial the toll free number 51514 from their Airtel mobiles to access this service. This IVR based emergency helpline number will assist & guide the Airtel customer till the time his / her requirement of blood is addressed.
VacciDate service is a vaccination alert system on mobiles for Airtel subscribers. The service is aimed at parents so they can keep a track of their child’s vaccination dates. This free service also has a special alert feature for POLIO Sundays organized by the Government of India. Lastly, users can also query the system to check their kids’ next vaccination date. Airtel customers need to SMS VACC (Date of Birth in DD MM YYYY Format) to 52225.
The Airtel VacciDate service allows customers to set alerts for basic five vaccination dates and 2-4 alerts can be set for each vaccination date. These alerts would typically alert customers 5 days before the date of vaccination, then 1 day before the date of vaccination, and finally on the date of vaccination.