Telemedicine in Pakistan is evolving as the main component of the healthcare inaccessibility issues solution in remote areas of Pakistan. Approximately 75% of the population of Pakistan lives in rural areas while the percentage of doctors working in those areas is about 22%. The rural healthcare status is generally worse than urban healthcare. Children of rural areas are 77% more likely to be underweight and under height. With poverty, low health status, and a high burden of disease in rural areas, there is a need to focus especially on improving the healthcare services of rural people. Achievement of this is linked to protection and better management of the natural and physical environment.
Rural Healthcare Status
The lack of care in rural areas is creating a huge healthcare access issue. Patients have to drive long distances to seek care. In some villages basic hospitals and dispensaries are left to the mercy of dispenses or quacks, they neither have doctors nor ambulances to take the patients to the nearest town requiring emergency treatments.
To address these healthcare access issues, telemedicine is implementing, to increase the telehealth status in rural areas to give patients better access to high-quality care. Advanced nursing programs and special pieces of training of young doctors about telemedicine is the need of time to meet with various emerging diseases in Pakistan.
Women Healthcare in Rural Community
It is a widely held belief if you educate a woman, you educate a family. Almost 40% of females living in rural do not have education facilities. Men and women share many similar health issues, but women have their problems and require understanding accordingly.
Rural families do not take their women to male doctors for treatment at all. It is taboo for women to visit a male doctor for consultation. Women do not spare their problems and keep on lurking them lifelong and suffer silently and subsequently meet the fate of other women in their areas.
This big chasm can only be bridged through telehealth services and telemedicine. With the help of a Tele clinic, we can reduce the disease burden at an early stage and ensure proper treatment at the comfort home.
School going young females (< 6 yrs) constitute only sixty-three percent, nearly 40 % do not have the education facility. Education facility and health are related, thus education ensure awareness of proper hygiene access to a healthcare facility. Expanding access to care is a crucial step to reduce the incidence and severity of illness and to treat the condition before they lead to hospitalization.
Children HealthCare in Rural Community
Each day, around 1,100 Pakistani children under five years old die from diarrhea and illnesses related to water, sanitation, and hygiene because of inaccessibility of healthcare services. 75% of newborn deaths are caused by preventable and treatable conditions. Access to healthcare services is a challenge in rural areas where many families simply can’t afford basic healthcare or they don’t have awareness regarding health issues. In such cases, telemedicine appears as hope for rural healthcare in Pakistan.
We can improve the low health status and by the proper implementation of advanced technologies and telehealth services.
Mental Health in Rural Community
Mental health problems are common in the rural population. Symptoms of anxiety and depression occurred with similar frequencies in rural areas as well as in urban areas. Children in rural areas face mental and development disorder and they need better access to mental healthcare in the early stages. Through telemedicine, we can provide them the opportunity to learn, play and become healthy.
Rural women are likely to experience numerous stress related to mental health problems. These stressors include economic deprivation, lack of job benefits, reinforcement of traditional gender roles, farm work, no higher education, and career guide. These areas are medically unserved. Regardless of the place of residence, in women mental stress level is reported higher than in men.
Telemedicine In Pakistan A Hope For Rural Community
While the challenges of 60.78 % people living in the rural community are increasing every day, Medical facilities such as clinics and hospitals are scarce and life is getting harder due to evolution of new diseases and inaccessibility of healthcare services to them, InstaCare a digital health platform is on a mission to save mankind from losing their lives by any minor negligence and inaccessibility by working on Telemedicine in Pakistan.
Telemedicine advancements to the community living in the underserved and remote areas of the country are the fastest effective way to access primary healthcare. Telemedicine is hope for the rural community to access healthcare services providers and have better guidance regarding health condition and hygiene practices.
We at InstaCare are making healthcare accessible and reliable and bridging the gap between healthcare service providers and patients and eliminating the barriers for a rural community like location, transportation and ensuring better health and improved standard of living for inhabitants in rural communities.