Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, IAS and Surgeon Vice Admiral Rajat Datta, AVSM, SM, VSM, PHS, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) addressed the veterans who have come forward to answer the call of the Nation.
They will now be available for “Online Consultation Service by Ex-Defence doctors on e-Sanjeevani OPD” for all citizens of India. e-Sanjeevani OPD is a Govt of India flagship telemedicine platform developed by the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Mohali under the aegis of MoHFW, Govt of India and is functioning extremely well.
It provides free consultations to any Indian citizen. However, with covid cases surging, the demand for doctors is up while the supply has reduced due to doctors being pulled out for covid ward duties. This is where the defence Veterans are stepping in to help.
The Medical Branch of HQ Integrated Defence Staff is providing telemedicine service for the serving and retired defence personnel and has coordinated with MoHFW and NIC to roll out this Ex-Defence OPD for civilian patients.
The Dy Chief IDS Medical has urged all retired fraternity of retired AFMS doctors to join this platform and provide valuable consultation to the citizens of India in this time of crisis when the country is going through the difficult time.
There has been a good response from the retired defence doctors and more are expected to join soon. Subsequently, a separate Nationwide Ex Defence Doctors OPD is envisaged. Their vast experience and expertise will help the larger clientele to obtain consultation from their homes and tide over the crisis.
In desperate times Indian armed forces have mobilized resources across the board to engage Ex-Defence doctors who will now provide online consultation on e-Sanjeevani OPD to all citizens of the country. Veterans have come forward to answer the call of the nation and offered their services to help the people needing medical care by being part of the e-Sanjeevani OPD the flagship telemedicine platform of the Government.
Meanwhile the armed forces have been actively regrouping the medical staff to support critical areas in the country to man COVID 19 hospitals despite the risk of infections, while there are concerted efforts to transport oxygen generators from across the World by the Air Force and the Navy.
This comes at a time when the armed forces may also be vulnerable to the COVID 19 second wave and have to thus undertake maximum precautions at a time when the virus is spreading literally like wild fire.