Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday inaugurated Telehealth Portal in Islamabad aimed at providing free medical assistance to the patients during Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, the premier said that interaction through the WhatsApp mobile numbers would help the patients get medical advice without leaving their homes.
He expressed confidence that whole nation will work together to confront the threat posed by Covid-19.
"We have to live with this virus for some time until a vaccine is developed. Even advanced countries with much more resources are unable to cope with the situation," the premier said.
PM Khan said that Pakistan was facing a bigger challenge as in past not adequate investments were made in the country in the health sector.
However, the Prime Minister was of the view that Covid-19 situation is not so bad in Pakistan as compared with other countries.
PM Imran Khan said that the health workers should register themselves with the volunteer force. He urged the doctors especially lady doctors to render their services through health portal.
The premier said doctor to people ratio that is less in the country could be improved through this initiative.
He said it is hoped that volunteers registered with the service will play effective role in far flung areas of the country.
The prime minister congratulated the team of Digital Pakistan for realisation of the project at a very critical time.
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Digital Pakistan Tania Adrus gave detailed briefing to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Telehealth Portal.
"Telehealth portal will be available to people across Pakistan and the citizens can contact any doctor through this free service," she said.
The SAPM urged doctors to sign up for the service so that they could help the people.
SAPM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said a safe environment will be provided to doctors and patients through this gateway.
He said citizens can also ask questions and seek guidance from medical experts through this portal.