In the wake of the appalling scandal of Hep C in which about 3,500 women, that also includes 55 New Zealanders, could be tested for the disease, the Healthline set up for the victims has received an astounding number of calls.
It was reported that following the treatment that the women underwent at the Croydon Day Surgery in Melbourne's northeast, the women are suspected to contract the dreadful blood-borne virus Hep C.
To tackle the problem, the Ministry of Health has established a Healthline. It is believed that the Healthline has received numerous calls from New Zealand, wherein the women believe that they could have contracted hepatitis C from the Australian abortion clinic.
Confirming the news, Ministry of Health Deputy Director of Public Health Dr. Fran McGrath said, "We've made Healthline available, if women call during the day on weekdays they are able to be put straight through to the Australian hepatitis C line".
Reports suggest that on the basis of testing, till now about 5% of women who were treated at the clinic could have contracted Hepatitis C. Also, it can be inferred that up to three New Zealand women might have tested positive for the disease.
Victoria's Department of Health has taken the initiative of contacting the New Zealand women who were involved. Further, the Ministry was also working with the Australian Department and updating the phone numbers and current addresses for the women involved.
Terming the situation as sensitive and potentially distressing, the Health Authorities in Australia were being cautious of protecting the privacy and confidentiality of those involved in the fiasco.