It is no secret that the health conditions in Pakistan are deteriorating with each passing day. Environmental pollution has led to a rapid spread of viral and bacterial infections while poor lifestyles are increasing the percentage of non-communicable diseases in the country. It is no wonder that mortality is at an all-time high under such bad conditions. The public healthcare sector is also touching new lows.
In these circumstances, Pakistani population needs to act on the principle of self-help and look for cheaper but safe methods of taking care of their health needs. Fortunately, there are hundreds of free healthcare apps which can be very helpful in this pursuit. In this article, we are listing down three healthcare apps which every Pakistani should have on their phones.
Access to the best medical help and doctors is one of the biggest problems that Pakistani people face and oladoc is trying to fit the needs of Pakistani population. oladoc is a digital health startup and offers their services through web, mobile app, and helpline. Using their mobile app (available for iOS & Android), you can find the best doctor and specialists near you, and book appointment instantly.
In Pakistan, waiting for long hours just to get an appointment is a common trend. Just because of a disastrous system of PAs in place, many people do not get appointments with doctors even after long hours. oladoc has eliminated the intermediary and solved the above-mentioned problem for the fellow citizens across all major cities like Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Multan, and Peshawar.
Now, you can book appointment with the right skin specialists, gynecologists, child specialists, psychologists, and others in a matter of minutes. With thousands of doctors and hundreds of hospitals listed on their panel, oladoc has made it very convenient for the people to book appointments online. In addition, the app helps you maintain your well-being by reading healthcare advice in the form of articles and blogs.
Pakistan is not only seeing a physical healthcare crisis but the mental health of the nation is also in shambles. From a broken economy to rising terrorism, Pakistanis have a lot to stress about and depression is becoming very common. With only 1 therapist available for more than 1000 patients in the country, the need for self-help is very obvious.
Breathe2Relax is perfect for this purpose as this app walks the users through different breathing exercises which are specifically designed to reduce stress and stabilize mood and anger.
A person’s health is basically the sum of what they eat. Many Pakistanis are facing major obesity issues these days along with other diseases of digestive system. In this situation, a basic screening of the food that you eat can be very helpful in not only regulating your weight but also in managing diseases such as diabetes and blood pressure.
Fooducate is the best app for this purpose. It is an intelligently developed app which can scan the barcodes on products in supermarkets and provide the user with the nutritional information of the product. This app also ranks food based on its nutritional information and also warns the user about food items that can damage their health.
This article was produced in partnership with oladoc.com, a digital health company in Pakistan. Using oladoc, you can find the best doctor in Lahore, Karachi & Islamabad, and book an appointment online.