Telemedicine is a way forward in the health sector. Secretary Health Dr Fazlullah Pechuho said at the inauguration of the Paediatric Emergency Room telemedicine site supported by ChildLife Foundation at Sindh Government Hospital, New Karachi.
Telemedicine projects in our country will not only help in improving rural healthcare but also improve quality of care all over Sindh, he added. Public-Private partnership in the health sector will pave the way for the inclusion of state-of-the-art facilities that will provide medical treatment to children in critical condition, he added. Inauguration of this technology will also help achieve the objective of the health policy. We have been striving for protecting peoples against chronic diseases, providing and upgrading modern health facilities and ensuring a dynamic health sector, Dr Fazlullah Pechuho concluded.
Medical Superintendent of Sindh Government Hospital New Karachi Dr Asif Zaman Khan said that this project will set the precedent for future telemedicine sites in other districts of Sindh. Telemedicine is the most effective and efficient source of providing treatment to children 24 hours of the day.
This centre will set an example that how the latest technology can be utilized for providing medical treatment and quality services to save the lives of the children. It is an honour for us that we are the part of this life-saving campaign which will serve the community.
Dr Ahson Rabbani, CEO ChildLife Foundation said that ChildLife is committed to the provision of quality healthcare for children across Pakistan. A high definition camera is installed in the Children’s Emergency Room, and a senior doctor provides decision support from a central location at the Head office.
Through virtual rounds, the senior doctor can monitor individual patients and provide expert consultation for their treatment on request by the on-ground staff. Going forward, ChildLife plans to replicate its Telemedicine model in the government hospitals in rural districts of Sindh, as it is accessible, affordable, and provides high-quality patient care.
ChildLife Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the delivery of quality urgent medical care to children. ChildLife began its operations in October 2011 by renovating the paediatric ER at Civil Hospital, Karachi. In May 2013, ChildLife Foundation was invited by the administration of National Institute of Child Health to support their pediatric ER. In June 2016, ChildLife’s third paediatric ER at Sindh Government Hospital Korangi-5 became operational.