ISLAMABAD: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Benazir Income Support Program and a healthcare enterprise DoctHers on Thursday at BISP Secretariat.
The MoU was signed by Director General BISP Dost Ali Shah and Co-Founder & COO DoctHers, Dr Sara Khurram in the presence of Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon, Co-Founder & CDO DoctHers, Dr Iffat Zafar and BISP officials.
The purpose of MoU is to provide poor BISP beneficiaries with quality healthcare with minimum expense.
“DoctHERs is a novel healthcare marketplace that connects female doctHERS to millions of underserved patients in real-time while leveraging technology”, according to the enterprise’s Facebook page
The organization connects home based qualified female physicians to underprivileged populations via nurse-assisted video consultations in 9 Tele-Medicine Centers across Pakistan.
Five Tele-Medicine Centers are located in Karachi while 3 are in Hafizabad, Mansehra and Dhadhar respectively. Under this MoU, DoctHers will provide healthcare to BISP beneficiaries at concessional rates in all of its centers.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon appealed all non-practising female doctors to come forward and assume an active role towards improving health conditions in the country.
She said that they can benefit from the platform of DoctHers and contribute towards the welfare of society from their homes. She added that their contribution will also help BISP beneficiaries as 5.3 million beneficiaries across Pakistan need quality healthcare.
The Minister also appealed the philanthropists to support DoctHers for setting up more Tele-Medicine Centers. She stated that we wish to see at least one Tele-Medicine Center in each district of the country so that all BISP beneficiaries, on equal basis, get advantage of the cheap and quality healthcare at concessional rates.
It was also discussed during the meeting that in the pilot phase of the cooperation between BISP and DoctHers, three more Tele-Medicine Centers will be established in Quetta, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad in order to maximize the number of BISP beneficiaries benefitting from this initiative. Based on the success of the pilot phase, the cooperation will be extended to the other parts of the country.
Based on the success of the pilot phase, the cooperation will be extended to the other parts of the country.
Dr. Sara Khurram informed that services of DoctHers include online consultations with general physicians, lab collection, free basic dispensary items, mini dispensary on discounted rates, medical camps and other value added services. Diseases dealt by DoctHers include hypertension, diabetes, dermatology, mental health, anemia, gastro intestinal diseases, ENT infections, OBS/ gyne, malnutrition in children and pediatric services.