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KARACHI: Pakistan's first virtual hospital has started functioning in Karachi to treat all those patients who are unwilling to visit any healthcare facility fearing that they could contract the infectious disease.

"We have launched Pakistan's first and the only virtual health facility in Karachi which is offering nurse-assisted teleconsultation, home lab collection, radiological procedures at patients' bedside at their residence and medicine delivery to them at their doorsteps", said Dr. Anam Daayem, Chief Operating Officer (CCO) of the Ehad Virtual Health said while talking to newsmen in Karachi on Friday.

Several health experts termed the establishment of a virtual hospital a blessing for patients, especially those who are to travel frequently to see their consultants, wait for hours and face the hassle in availing medical services at clinics and hospitals, saying this facility would save thousands of patients from inconvenience.

So far, around two dozen COVID-19 people have availed nurse-assisted teleconsultation service of Ehad Virtual Health, Pakistan's first virtual health platform where a team of leading consultants of the country treat bed-bound patients at their homes with the help of trained nurses and paramedics, provide them lab services at their residence and all the medicines, supplies including oxygen and equipment required for therapies are delivered at their doorsteps.

"With the help of portable X-ray and ECG machines, these tests are performed at the patient's residence, all their blood and other secretions' samples are drawn at their homes and results are delivered online.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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