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The hospitals in Kashmir are full of pandemic affected coming from across the valley. The COVID19 cases are rising to alarming situation in India. The doctors are struggling hard to cope with time. As the situation is getting worrisome every day, the doctors in the valley have come with an idea to reduce the pressure.
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A group of doctors in the valley has come with an initiative â€˜â€™Dial a Doctorâ€™ where consultations are being given on the phone. Patients across the valley and outside can directly call on this service and avail consultations without visiting the hospitals. This service is completely free and there are now 300 doctors associated with this initiative. These doctors are from different specialties and provide services/consultations round the clock. Dr Waqar Ahmad says that the concept of the service is to help patients from their homes. When we receive a call from a patient, first we try to diagnose the issue and then we put the caller to the doctor who specializes the stream. Doctor gives the patient an e-prescription. And we take the tests on whatsapp. If we think the patients need hospital admission then we advise them.â€˜â€™
The initiative has approval from Health & Medical Education Department, Government of J&K. The doctors associated with this say to continue the service post pandemic era. â€œConsidering the response from doctors and beneficiaries, we aim to continue this service post-pandemic as well,â€ÂÂ said Dr Tabassum Geelani.