London Doctor Designs “Telemedicine” Corona Helpline for People of Pakistan

A British Pakistani orthopedic surgeon developed a Corona Helpline in Pakistan free of charge in order to restrict the spread of coronavirus.

Dr Suhail Chughtai told in an interview that he designed “telemedicine-based corona helpline” to give opportunity to people to take free medical advice on corona-like symptoms to minimise the need to go out where they can either catch a virus or spread it.

Dr Chughtai presented the idea at a press conference at the inauguration of “Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine” Annual Conference in Lahore last month which was widely welcomed and endorsed by Prof Dr Javed Akram, Vice-Chancellor University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

People can visit on their phone or laptops and then click on the Online-Doctor shown as a blinking icon. After typing name and city, they are connected to the doctor over live video link with average time ranging from 5-15 seconds.

The service is no burden to the patients as advice is offered free of charge. According to the website, for any shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing noticed by the doctor, guidelines are followed to arrange an ambulance by calling 1122 on behalf of the patient after knowing their address.

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