DaktariPopote, (www.daktaripopote.com) an on-demand web-based and mobile app connecting patients to health consultancy services from General Doctors, Gynecologists, Dermatologists, Pediatricians, Sexual Health Advisors, Dieticians & Nutritionists, Urologists, ENT specialists, Psychologists/Counsellors etc at the comfort of their home, office or any other place has launched in Kenya.
The app allows doctors to send prescriptions through the app and patients can visit the nearest pharmacy to buy medications. It also allows patients to take and send pictures to doctors or attach test results such as X-ray, Ultra sound among others for diagnosis. Patients have 5 days to chat with the health specialist for free after paying the consultation fee. This will allow the specialist to follow up on how they are progressing. Users can consult health specialists through a WhatsApp like chat, audio or video through the app.
Developed by Global Technologies Ltd. DaktariPopote also features useful health tools like BMI Calculator, Ovulation Calculator and Due Date Calculator.
Speaking to TechMoran, Chris Oyugi, from Global Technologies said that, ”DaktariPopote is currently working on partnerships with pharmacies, clinics, and labs so users can get prescriptions, follow up healthcare, or tests if necessary. All doctors who are available for consultation are qualified and licensed by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. Other specialists are also qualified and registered by their bodies.”
According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, Kenya’s doctor to patient ratio currently stands at an alarming one doctor to 100,000 patients. DaktariPopote is meant to reduce the huge burden that many Kenyans face in seeing health specialists including long distances, long waiting hours and high cost of medical consultations.
Statistics show that only 28 percent of health issues require a physical examination by doctors. Whereas a substantial 72 percent of health issues are common illnesses that do not require physical examination. DaktariPopote can be used for the 72 percent of health issues confidently.
People can download the app from Google Play Store or through the DaktariPopote website (www.daktaripopote.com). Users also have an option of using the service directly from the DaktariPopote website.