Jammu and Kashmir residents can now 'Dial a Doctor' to receive free telemedicine
- Under the 'Dial a Doctor' program, residents of Jammu and Kashmir can get free medical consultation
- It was set up for those who have not been infected with coronavirus but have suffered
- Many people have suffered as the focus of the existing healthcare infrastructure has been on dealing with COVID-19
A group of 300 doctors from around the world have joined hands to set up a telemedicine consultation service in Jammu and Kashmir to give advice to patients who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have suffered as the focus of the existing healthcare infrastructure has been on dealing with the pandemic, PTI reported. These services will be free of charge.
The group of doctors from different specialities and sub-specialities will provide free healthcare services to patients under the 'Dial a Doctor' program.
Ehsaas International and Dard Welfare Society, in association with Kashmir Health Care Support Group, have initiated this healthcare consultative service, Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International, told PTI.
"Considering the adverse impact the COVID-19 pandemic has put on the existing health infrastructure of J&K, we decided to launch 'Dial a Doctor' programme wherein people would get access to quality health consultations and services without leaving the four walls of their houses," he said.
"This was conceptualised keeping in view that hospitals are high risk places for contraction of COVID-19 and many medical ailments can be managed by telephonic consultations thus avoiding visit of patients to hospitals," Ilyas said.
To ensure timely disposal of queries, a control room managed by doctors and paramedical staff have been set up with a toll-free number 1800 889 2729 backed with 10 lines at the back end to avoid any inconvenience to the patients, he said.
"In the last two months, more than 2,000 consultations have been provided to the people free of cost," he added. Chairman of Ehsaas International Tabassum Geelani said this service is being delivered with the approval of Health and Medical Education Department, the Government of J&K and it has brought a sigh of relief to the patients who do not have to undertake risky visits to hospitals for ailments other than COVID-19.
"The doctors associated with the initiative readily agreed to offer their selfless services and are relentlessly providing their expertise by managing the patients through telemedicine consultations,” Geelani added.
The organisers of the telemedicine service want to continue the service even after the pandemic in view of the dedication shown by the doctors and the benefits availed by the patients.