Future of Telemedicine in Pakistan Amidst COVID-19

Covid-19 has taken its toll on the entire world by bringing everything to a halt. The fear of getting infected became quite an obstacle for patients and doctors alike to overcome and get treated of problems that were rampant along with Covid-19.

A more imperative challenge had also been to protect the medical providers so that they could continue with their selfless services or the nation. Merely within the first two months of fighting Covid-19 we lost approximately 253 brave healthcare professionals to this unfortunate virus. The growing concern was to come up with a solution that could facilitate the provision of a doctor’s consultation without the fear of contracting the virus for both parties.

And thus, the world of telemedicine was tapped once again which was otherwise get overshadowed in the on-going hustle of one-on-one consultation and the prayer of health experts advocating for telemedicine were finally heard courtesy of this deadly virus.

Growing Popularity of Telemedicine Portals

Numerous telemedicine portals observed a sudden spike in their usage as medical professionals and patients resorted to the practice of telemedicine more and more. People could finally find some relief and get medical consultation from the comfort of their homes. While coronavirus is known to alter certain human behaviors for good, the habit of opting for telemedicine seems to be one of them.

Hospitals all over the country are more inclined to configure high functioning online platforms to cater to their online patients without any glitch. One such example is Jinnah Hospital that partnered with CloudClinik and set up a telemedicine portal in an attempt to be available for their patients through online mediums. With continued successful reviews of patients and doctors alike, it is a high possibility that telemedicine in Pakistan will flourish and grow stronger even in a world post Covid-19.

Rise of Virtual Care Systems

The acceptance of telemedicine will further give a boost to more advancement in virtual care and medicinal technology. It will prove to be an impressive step especially for the care of the elderly for whom visiting the doctor in person becomes a task of its own. While it may take some time to overcome roadblocks such as poor internet connectivity for the masses, the need for telemedicine will prove helpful in expediting the process making the future of telehealth portals bright and promising.

World Health Day

7th April is celebrated as World Health Day. Since the 1950s, World Health Organization marked this date to spread general awareness worldwide regarding different prevailing health issues and how to prevent and combat them efficiently. 

Each year, WHO announces a theme for World Health Day. Last year in 2020, it was dedicated to the nurses and midwives to honour their contribution to the health sector. This year, however, the theme is different. The theme for 2021’s World Health Day is “Building a fairer, healthier world”.

Building a fairer, healthier world

This theme has been announced keeping in mind the disparities that were observed in the year 2020 because of COVID-19. Health systems are not standard all over the world. Some people have better access to medicines and treatments than others. Some get to outlive COVID-19, and some succumb to the deadly virus due to low immunity, lack of nutrition, inadequate health treatments, and lack of clean water, etc. 

The predicament of COVID-19 forced experts to analyse and thus a promise has been made to strive and build a fairer healthier world, where everyone gets access to quality food supply and health treatments as their basic human right. 

Health Conditions in Pakistan

The current health conditions are pretty dire in Pakistan. With a population of over 60 million below the poverty line, the majority remains deprived of the health treatments and facilities they are entitled to. Diseases like Malaria, Dengue Fever, Tuberculosis, and Cancer are running rampant and with COVID-19 under its third deadly wave, the situation is rather grave. 

Although the authorities and government are trying their level best to accommodate as many people, we are still facing various challenges to extend medical attention to all those in need. The vaccination drive for the elderly has commenced and we expect to have the majority of people vaccinated in the following months.

Challenges of COVID-19

While COVID-19 has not taken kindly to any country, the developing nations especially have taken the brunt of it. With complete nation-wide lockdowns not an option due to the crippling economy, corrective measures and strict SOPs are being carried out to the maximum capacity to contain the virus and keep people protected.

In such dire circumstances, telemedicine portals have been a massive help in extending medical attention without exposing the staff and patients to external environment. CloudClinik has played its role in facilitating people get in touch with medical experts remotely from the comfort of their homes.

This World Health Day, the theme of building a fairer and healthier world sits aptly to our situations. It implores our leaders to diligently take notice of the inequalities in the nation when it comes to health facilities and ensure proper health care systems are established. Let’s us all pledge to play our part in spreading awareness about good health.


A published report by Harvard University has concluded that the use of telemedicine has been on the rise in the rural areas. The report published in Health issue in May reports a 45% jump in patient’s use of telemedicine from 2004 to 2014. Another report published by Nemours Children’s Health System showed that 64% of the parents have used or plan to use telemedicine for the treatment of their child. Despite the obvious benefits there is slow acclimation to the use of telemedicine. Continue reading TELEMEDICINE: THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE

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