Online session with docs witnesses a spike

Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10

Concepts of telemedicine and video session have grow to be a routine observe for medical doctors within the metro cities, however the pattern additionally appears to be catching up with Jalandhar residents, owing to the Covid unfold.

The medical doctors say that the sufferers are avoiding visiting hospitals so far as attainable and are approaching them bodily solely when there’s a dire emergency. For their routine issues and post-operative session, they both search the physician’s recommendation on cellphone or make use of the WhatsApp video mode.

Many medical doctors say that that they had taken telemedicine software program, which can also be now authorized to make use of because the Medical Council of India had allowed it for security of sufferers because of the virus unfold. Everything starting from searching for appointment to discussing their well being points and making cost is finished by way of the software program. But they mentioned as an alternative of coming through the software program, the Jalandhar sufferers had been extra handy in consulting medical doctors on cellphone calls and video conferencing.

IMA President Dr Navjot Dahiya says, “Telephonic consultation is getting very common for patients facing depression. Many patients have bought pulse oxymeters and have begun managing their symptoms on their own after seeking advice from us.”


Telemedicine is extra prevalent in sure specialties associated to psychiatry or bother in throat. So, far, solely 5-10 per cent of the sufferers are coming through this mode. But numerous sufferers have been calling up for telephonic or video session. —Dr Navjot Dahiya, President, IMA Punjab

Patients are avoiding hospital nowadays. Many of my sufferers who’ve undergone surgical procedure are actually consulting me on cellphone. They present me the injuries on the video and I counsel them adjustments in medication accordingly. If there’s a want to go to the hospital, we even name them up. —Dr Kamal Gupta, guide surgeon

Tele-consultation helps keep away from social-crowding and we’re utilizing it in between. Whenever dad and mom wish to seek the advice of us about their kids, I give them telephonic appointments at a spot of 15 minutes. But I’m not charging them for any such service. —Dr Anshuman Verma, Paediatrician

Only 35 per cent of sufferers have been coming to the hospitals. Since the MCI has legalised the telephonic session, we are attempting to assist the sufferers so far as attainable, particularly these from far-off areas. We name the sufferers to the hospital solely when there’s acute emergency. —Dr BS Johal, Orthopaedic Surgeon

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