COVID19 and the lockdown in this pandemic have taken everything at a newer and different level. Be it education, shopping, work, projects, or healthcare, everything has taken a drastic shift which we never saw coming our way. A developing country like Pakistan needed much more than just the government supporting them financially. COVID19 lockdown had already affected businesses and healthcare was on the verge of crashing. With nothing positive in sight, all we were waiting for was a miracle and just as we thought we won’t make it through, we were offered telemedicine services.
Telemedicine in Pakistan is a huge initiative, as every developed country around the world was already relying on it, all we could do was to imagine having a service like this. Having a service like telemedicine in Pakistan is nothing less than a blessing in disguise. Telemedicine has enabled people to realize that minor illnesses can be easily treated through online consultation rather than going to the hospitals and waiting in long queues. That can also save them from the possibility of contracting COVID-19 at the overcrowded hospitals. Telemedicine has received a great response.
To date, the use of telemedicine in different specialties is growing exponentially, but people are still finding it hard to understand the use of telehealth in specialties. Similarly, it is found difficult to cope up with gynecology as well. As many women are still wondering how is it possible to consult a gynecologist through telemedicine. To explain the purpose of telemedicine in gynecology, the easiest thing is to say is that it is like having a doctor at your fingertips. Women are now reaching out to their doctors in the times of pandemic to talk about every possible issue that they can think of. Previously, the concept of telemedicine was that it works best for more common medical issues such as fevers and sore throats.
The ongoing COVID19 pandemic lockdown has led people, especially women, to shift to telemedicine applications. According to some data, the queries for the specialty Gynaecology grew drastically in this COVID19 outbreak.
Digital platforms like Marham have provided a great opportunity for people, especially women in Pakistan to seek medical assistance from specialized doctors and have easy access to quality healthcare. Women are now finding telemedicine safer than in-person visits as they can talk to their doctor in their comfortable environment and with full privacy. Digital healthcare has played a great role in improving the overall experience of the patients in terms of accessibility, quality, convenience, and especially trust. In just a matter of days, patients have started using telemedicine services through Marham for everything from simple questions with primary care providers to consulting gynecologists in Pakistan.
“We decided to provide the best to the people who were fighting this disease, also to those who could not go out of their houses. The purpose was to facilitate them on their doorstep. Thousands of people around Pakistan have been helped all through the time of this Pandemic lockdown” says Asma Salman Omer (co-founder Marham).
Marhampk is a healthcare startup that has been working very actively for the last few years. Now, in the time of the COVID19 pandemic, they helped thousands of people around Pakistan to connect to their healthcare providers using telemedicine services. Furthermore, they have been working around the clock to serve people through their COVID19 support center. Alongside telemedicine, you can find various other healthcare services that they’re offering in this pandemic.
“We believe in this era of technology, the people of Pakistan should not suffer. We have already establish practices across Pakistan as well as in the rural and underprivileged areas of Pakistan, Marham is still working on expanding the services” Asma concludes.
Moreover, the COVID19 related services, i.e free consultations, ask free questions to the doctors and online consultations with the gynecologists in Lahore are easily findable on their homepage. Healthcare startups like Marham are doing a tremendous job helping people in the time of need.