The prime minister has set a budget of Tk100 crore for startups
Online medicine delivery service “GoMedKit” will deliver medicine to its customers in 59 minutes in the capital.
Minister of State for Information and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the “GoMedKit” mobile app at a ceremony at the Waterfall Convention Centre in BanglaMotor on Monday.
Shibali Rubaiyatul Islam, dean of the Faculty of BBA, Dhaka University; Didarul Alam Sani, director, BASIS; Ashraf Ibn Noor, former Senior Vice President, DCCI; Shomi Kaiser, president, e-Commerce Association (e-Cabs) and Nasima Akhter Nisha, president, Woman in E-Commerce, were present at the time, among others.
Zunaid said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has radically changed the health system of the country in the last five years and no government has been able to improve the health sector like this.
“Health care has now reached the doorsteps of the rural people through community clinics, and now it's time for telemedicine.”
“Such initiatives will bring big changes in the health sector. Combining the internet with education does something great. The real example of which is the 'GoMedKit'. This year, the prime minister has set a budget of Tk100 crore for startups.
“We will have all the support we need to help such local startups get acquainted with the global platform. There will be software and financial support, as well,” the state minister added.
Prof Shibali Rubaiyatul said this initiative of Dhaka University students Sohanur Rahman and Sourav Azam will benefit many in Dhaka. “It is necessary to launch such service everywhere to meet the urgent need. In this age of information technology, the country will continue to innovate one after another”.
Shomi Kaiser said: “Service delivery is a great place within the ICT ecosystem. We hope the ‘GoMedKit’ will play a big role there. At the same time, there is no central database in our country for various diseases. This platform will also serve as an information repository for us.”
Two young entrepreneurs Sohan and Sourav, the developers of the app, said that in most of the cases, drugs are not being sold with proper prescription.
“The worst side effect to this is the use of excessive antibiotics. With this in mind we encourage you to use the ‘GoMedKit’ app.“
“In addition, many times in busy cities like Dhaka, you can forget to bring medicine to your parents or nearest one or you may need emergency medicine.”
“Keeping all these requirements in mind, we created the ‘GoMedKit’ app. Currently, this service will be available for 24 hours in Dhaka city. We are thinking of gradually launching this service across the country,” the duo said.
The app can be downloaded from here.