Chandigarh, July 7, 2020: Keeping in view the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the Punjab Government has extended the timings of eSanjeevan-iOPD from 8:00 A. M. to 2:00 P. M. (Monday to Sat-urday) for Gynaecology OPD and General OPD services.
This step has been taken to provide online teleconsulta-tion facilities utilizing spe-cialist doctors to be avail-able virtually in real time for patients and to ensure the safety of people across the State.
Giving details in a press release, the Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that earlier people were faced with problems to get the benefits of eSanjeevaniOPD service due to the condition of minimum 2 Mbps inter-net speed on their laptop/computer only, but now an android mobile app is also available for patients, so that there is no depend-ence on laptop/pc.
They can avail teleconsul-tations using their smart-phones directly.
He said that the eSanjee-vaniOPD mobile app can easily be downloaded from Google Play Store.
Explaining the simple reg-istration process, the Minis-ter said that firstly, the patient should verify his/her number on the eSanjeevan-iOPD mobile app, then gen-erate a token after registra-tion.
After that, the beneficiary should go through the login process upon getting a noti-fication and wait for his/her turn to be attended.
Then, consult the special-ist doctor for getting advice for treatment and download an e-prescription duly signed by the doctor.
Talking about the features of eSanjeevaniOPD, Sidhu said that telemedicine would be prove a boon for patients across the State in future also, as many people need day to day medical advice and consultations for preva-lent chronic diseases.
Besides telemedicine for General Medicine, the Health department has also commenced eSanjeevani OPD for Gynaecology serv-ices to ensure the Mother and Child Health (MCH) care.
He said that it can also prove helpful to avoid the rush at hospitals in the wake of COVID-19.
The Health Minister stated that pregnant women in the first trimester of preg-nancy are at a high risk of contracting infections from the hospitals and should avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital.
So, to seek antenatal care and provide Gynaecological services to pregnant women and lactating mothers, the Punjab Government has been providing eSanjeevani OPD for MCH since the 1st of June, 2020.
The Minister also appealed to the public that it is safer to stay at home and avoid unnecessary visits to the Hospital & other crowd-ed places.