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Doctors associations launch telemedicine service for Covid-19 patients

  • Published at 02:22 pm June 4th, 2020
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AMZ Hospital in Dhaka’s Badda area is the hospital partner of this initiative

Bangladesh Society of Medicine (BSM) has initiated a program to facilitate telemedicine services during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This initiative is also backed by other three doctors' associations, Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (SWACHIP) and Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS). 

This project aims to provide treatment to Covid-19 patients over phone though call centres in a bid to ensure that people can access medical advice from their homes during the pandemic.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the call center for Covid-19 patients on Monday through a video conference.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurates the call center for Covid-19 patients on Monday through a video conference <strong>Courtesy</strong>

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Directorate General of Health Services set up the call centres under the supervision of BSM who are working in collaboration with BMA, SWACHIP and BCPS.

AMZ Hospital in Dhaka’s Badda area is the hospital partner of this initiative.

Meanwhile, renowned pharmaceutical companies Servier, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited and Aristopharma Limited will be working in the project in the capacity of scientific partners.

During the virtual inauguration, the health minister remarked that by facilitating treatment over phone, the associations have set an example of fulfilling their duties towards the people and the country.

The leaders of the associations have assured that through these 24-hour hotlines, those who are already hospitalized or currently in isolation, waiting on hospital admission, will be provided necessary medical advice by specialist. 

They said that people will be able to connect to specialists as well as receive general treatment.

Covid-19 patients can now call these 24-hour hotlines which are active from Wednesday for medical advice:  01313791130, 01313791138, 01313791139, 01313791140. 

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