Islamabad– 2nd September 2021: Committed to its vision of empowering societies, Telenor Pakistan, via its Velocity program, has partnered with Sehat Kahani – a telehealth startup that aims to democratize access to quality and affordable healthcare. Offering accessible and affordable telemedicine services through e-clinics and a mobile application, Sehat Kahani offers professional consultations through video calls for added peace of mind. Telenor Pakistan continues to work towards the Digital Pakistan vision by helping startups like Sehat Kahani reach further and higher than ever before.
In Pakistan, many people still lack adequate healthcare because of a severe shortage of qualified doctors in their vicinity; there are 1,700 patients in need of care for every doctor around the country. The situation was further aggravated with the onset of Covid-19 for the entire health sector. But the digital adoption and acceleration towards telemedicine is making up for the shortcomings of traditional healthcare.
Telenor Pakistan plays a pivotal role in allowing its customers access to the best quality healthcare anytime and anywhere. They can download the Sehat Kahani app and benefit from an around-the-clock video consultation with general practitioners, specialists, and mental health and wellness experts. The e-prescriptions are readily available and the payment is possible through their mobile balance at subsidized rates.
Commenting on the development, Chief Operating Officer Telenor Pakistan, Khurrum Ashfaque, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to equip today’s change-makers with the tools needed to redefine healthcare inclusion on a nation-wide scale. With the possibility and adoption of accessing healthcare on your smartphone using the direct carrier billing API, Sehat Kahani is truly revolutionizing e-healthcare in Pakistan. We believe digitalizing solutions is the only way forward, and Digital Pakistan is closer to becoming a reality than ever before.”
Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Sehat Kahani, commenting on the occasion, said, “Thanks to Telenor Pakistan’s efforts in supporting the startup ecosystem, Sehat Kahani is on its way to becoming a household name in mobile healthcare. We are extremely pleased to have the resources to take care of millions of more Pakistanis through online solutions.”
The Telenor Velocity program offers startups equity-free support for four months. This includes access to a 49 million customer base, coaching from domain experts, data analytics and product development support, access to our global partner and mentor network and unprecedented scaling opportunities on Telenor Pakistan and Telenor Bank’s digital assets. This year, besides exclusive access to Telenor Pakistan and Telenor Bank’s digital assets, the Easypaisa API, Sehat Kahani is eligible to apply for credits and technical help from the Amazon Web Services’ Activate Program, too. For more details, please visit https://telenorvelocity.com.pk.
Sr. Manager Corporate Communications, Telenor Pakistan
About Telenor Pakistan
Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor Group and has a footprint spanning throughout the country. With a subscriber base of over 49 million, it is the second-largest mobile operator in Pakistan. Telenor launched its operations in Pakistan in 2005 and has a workforce of over 1,600 employees. For more information, please visit: www.telenor.com.pk
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