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Save the Children piloting free telemedicine consultation services

Save the Children piloting free telemedicine consultation services

DHAKA: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Save the Children in Bangladesh is piloting a free telemedicine consultation services in the country.

This service will initially be provided under its ‘Emergency Response for COVID-19 Outbreak in Bangladesh’ project in partnership with ‘Hello Doctor Asia’ for the next two months as a pilot initiative, a press release said.

Any individual can receive the video consultation services through ‘Hello Doctor Asia’ mobile application. SCI plans to extend the service with the changed context of COVID-19 later.

Dr Shamim Jahan, deputy country director of Save the Children in Bangladesh, said: “Due to ‘COVID 19’ situation, getting medical consultation is quite difficult now. In this situation, for chronic patients and other patients with general health conditions like fever, cough, running nose, asthma; it is nearly impossible to receive medical consultation in many places.”

Globally, telemedicine has become a suitable tool for providing medical consultation services in COVID-19 situation. In Bangladesh Sastho Batayan is becoming popular to provide teleconsultation to the patients.

“We started a further advanced tele plus video consultation, an app-based service, to talk to the doctors through a video conversation in a limited scale. We look forward about the service effectiveness and reach to the unreached and hope to expand the service for the hardest to reach communities,” he said.

Mostak Hussain, humanitarian director of Save the Children in Bangladesh, said: “Due to ‘COVID-19’, we are passing through a challenging time. We have to continue healthcare services with the support of innovative technologies. In addition to emergency health needs, there will also be growing demand for online consultation for general health.”

Md Fakhrul Hasan, chief operating officer of Hello Doctor Asia, said they are very much thankful to Save the Children because this is a time demanding initiative and many people will be able to receive free telemedicine consultation services through this partnership.

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