Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched ‘Services e-Health Assistance & Tele-consultation (SeHAT) portal. The portal is aimed to provide an online hassle-free medical consultation service to the serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families. In the launch event, the Defence Minister stated that the online portal will ensure quality health services in remote areas which will lead to reducing the load on the hospitals. The platform is designed to serve the patients in an easy and effective manner. This service comes at a very critical time when the country is battling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
SeHAT is based on the eSanjeevani OPD, a telemedicine technology, which is developed by CDAC (Mohali). SeHAT is a patient to doctor system initially for a general OPD consultation and proposed to be extended to specialist OPD consultation subsequently.
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The unprecedented times have called out for unprecedented measures and armed forces have contributed significantly to the country’s efforts to combat the virus. Before launching the SeHAT platform today, i.e 27th May 2021, the trial version of SeHAT OPD was made functional in August 2020. In the trial version, more than 6,500 medical consultations have already been carried out by service doctors.
The Defence Minister in his address also lauded the efforts put forth by the Armed Forces by being on the war footing in the fight against the pandemic. SeHAT is a step forward in aiding countrymen to provide better, faster and transparent facilities and reflects the commitment of the government towards ‘Digital India’ and ‘e-governance’. Minister also stated that the central government is proactively monitoring the situation and making due efforts to improve the supply of medicines, medical oxygen and other medical equipment.
In the whole process, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with armed forces have set up COVID hospitals and oxygen generation plants across the country including Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gandhinagar. The Defence Minister also mentioned the DRDO’s 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug which is yielding positive results.
In addition to this, AFMS has deployed additional medical professionals in COVID hospitals and effectively dealt with the surge in cases, whereas, the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy worked tirelessly to transport oxygen and other critical medical equipment in the shortest possible time from within the country and abroad.