For Nigerians who have had the cause to go for a medical appointments in hospitals, especially the government hospitals, they always have tales to tell. Many now dread visiting hospitals, as the stress and tension that comes with attempting to see a doctor in these hospitals are enough to further worsen the ordeal of a sick patient. From long registration process, to queues and rescheduling of appointments, a platform like DoctorsHub would be a great relief for many.
Launched on November 20th 2016 by Dr Damian Avar, DoctorsHub is a health platform that provides Nigerians with free medical consultations by connecting them to doctors who would help them with opinions about their medical symptoms or conditions. Dealings of clients with doctors on the platform, according to the founder, are strictly confidential.
On their website, the platform claims to “provide all Nigerians irrespective of age, sex, creed or social status with the best possible medical consultation service for FREE, 24 hours everyday”. Consultations on DoctorsHub Nigeria can be done at any hour of the day and, in a bid to reach a wider audience, any preferred major Nigerian language — be it English, Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa.
According to Dr. Avar, having these features all for free particularly gives them an edge over their counterparts.
DoctorsHub also attends to the health needs of Nigerians through a blog on its website, where health articles that address peculiar medical conditions are frequently published. To further facilitate an effective reach, Dr. Avar noted that content on the blog is rid of medical jargon in order to facilitate effective reach, and enable readers to easily grasp them and embrace their relevance.
Since inception, over 300 people with diverse health complaints have been successfully attended to without any form of advertisement. Even with a competitor like Kangpe, a service that connects patients with verified doctors via SMS, mobile app and web 24 hours a day, it doesn’t seems like DoctorsHub would have anything to worry about, as there would always be millions of Nigerians who are seeking medical consultations.