‘SHARA’ free-telemedicine services to 100 patients a day

Doctors’ and engineers’ voluntary healthcare gaining peoples’ trust

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Publish: 4:40 PM, August 7, 2020 | Update: 4:40:PM, August 7, 2020

With just four days of its inception, SHARA telemedicine service is benefitting an average of one hundred people a day free of cost. Lack of funds or distance constraints are no more an issue for seeing a doctor in any emergency. Slow and steady, SHARA Hotline number 09612300900 is gaining the confidence of the people of the country.

As the procedure goes, whenever a patient calls the SHARA hotline number, a doctor receives the call directly and answers the patient. The doctor then receives the call and enquires in detail the complicacies of the patient. After learning the details of the disease, he gives him the necessary advice. He also provides a prescription which is then sent in the form of a message to the caller’s phone.

If sometimes, all the doctors’ lines are engaged, the caller is asked to cut-off the line and wait for a few minutes and as soon as the doctor is free, the doctor answers the patient immediately. During the wait time the patient will be sent out a message with appointment confirmation. This way, no one is left out and you are sure to get to a doctor. What more, the whole process will cost the caller not a penny from his/ her purse.

As a result, people are benefiting immensely from such a sincere and innovative service through phone; no tension of finding the right doctor, no need to rush for the hospital. Most importantly, this collaboration has enabled one to cope with social distance rules during this covid-19 pandemic days, no matter what the nature of the complication is. You do not have to go out to see a doctor. The doctor will directly reach out to you as soon as you tap the SHARA hotline number on your phone. SHARA will also provide free specialized doctor’s service soon. There are many specialized doctors from Bangladesh, the US and the UK are getting ready to serve with no fee.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, health services in Bangladesh are getting challenged like any other country in the world. To defuse this challenge, telemedicine healthcare has become increasingly popular worldwide. And now in Bangladesh, the voluntary organization of doctors ‘Platform of Medical and Dental Society’ and the voluntary initiative ‘Ankur International’ of BUETIANS have come together over a new platform called ‘SHARA’ (response) to provide free telemedicine treatment and healthcare for all in the country.

SHARA telemedicine healthcare service started since 26th of July. The slogan of the SHARA is, ‘Call us and we will respond’.

The doctors from Platform and engineers from BUETIANS, behind the ‘SHARA’ initiative disclosed about their initiative over a virtual live press conference held recently. Speakers at the conference said, we expect nothing to gain and give out our best for the people our beloved country. For this, we, the engineers and doctors of the country, for the first time have come together to ensure this essential service through SHARA. While the doctors provide healthcare and the engineers ensures the technology required for the giver and receiver of this this service.

The ‘SHARA’ initiative is also supported by the BUET Alumni Association, SONGJOG, connecting people; while Binirmaan Technologies will prove technical support required for the service.

Present among others at the SHARA virtual press conference, were Dr. Shaestagir Chowdhury, Principal Engineer of Intel Corporation and Founding President of Ankur International, Senior Product Development Engineer of Intel Corporation and Treasurer and Director of Ankur International Mahmood Alam; Volunteer Physicians Forum Platform co-founder AhmedulHaque Kiran and General Secretary Faisal bin Salah; SONGJOG co-founders Abu Ahmed Mobassharul Karim, Principal Architect, Adroit, and Ahmed Javed Jamal, Harris &Menuk Head of Sales; Quazi M Arif, Trustee of BUET Alumni; Professor of Industry and Production Engineering AKM Masood from BUET Teachers Association; FahmidaKhatun, Lead Engineer, SFWMD, USA on behalf of BUET Batch 90; KanizFatema, lead engineer, Motorola Solutions Inc. USA from BUET Batch90, Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman of the Center for Renewable Energy Services Limited; Covid-19 expert and consultant Bangladesh Medical College Associate Professor. Dr. NahidFatema and Clinical Assistant Professor of Cornell University and Cardiologist at London Medical Center SirajumMuniraLopa as well as Binirman Technologies Managing Director Tanvir Arafat Dhrubo and its executive engineer Syed Imtiaz Ahmed.