Portal to seek doctor advice launched
People who are wary of visiting a clinic or hospital for fear of contracting the coronavirus can now consult doctors through a website.
The Calcutta Municipal Corporation and the Indian Medical Association jointly launched the site, kmc.janupchaar.com, on Saturday.
It has a list of doctors who have volunteered to provide free consultation.
A person has to register and create an account, for which an email id is needed. Once the account is created, the user can sign in and find out when a doctor is available. But the facility does not have any telephone number where people can book a doctor’s appointment.
Santanu Sen, the state secretary of the Indian Medical Association, said there was no plan to introduce any phone number.
“There are a lot of people who have some problems like a frozen shoulder but are afraid to visit a doctor’s clinic or hospital. This website will help them,” Firhad Hakim, the chairman of the CMC’s board of administrators, said during the launch.
A similar initiative has been taken up by a group of doctors for residents of Salt Lake, New Town and Lake Town. These doctors have started a helpline (7439596460 and 7439598338) where residents who have fever but haven’t been able to get appointments with doctors can call for help and advice.
The doctors, working under the umbrella, Protect the Warriors, will hear them out over phone and then WhatsApp them prescriptions.