Use of telehealth services among Nepali living overseas during Covid-19 pandemic: The opportunities, limitations, lessons learned and recommendations

Sanjeeb Sapkota, Prabhat Adhikari, Sunil Sah, Sarita Bhattarai, Shiva Prasad Shrestha, Sagar Poudel, Hem Raj Sharma, Kabin Maleku, Padam Simkhada

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Abstract

There are estimated over 8 million Nepali migrants spread across various countries around the globe. Though the majority of them enjoy good health in general, a large proportion of them suffer from non-communicable diseases, mental health issues and communicable diseases. Telemedicine services, which are organized by Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), have been proven to be effective in addressing some of the health and medical needs of the migrant Nepali workers. The purpose of this study is to assess the use of tele-health services among Nepali migrant population and examine the limitations. During the pandemic period from March 2020 through August 2021, Nepali in different countries utilized telehealth services. Mental health issues, chronic diseases, skin diseases were the most common ailments people sought telehealth services for. Many of them sought for urgent medical consultations related to Covid-19 symptoms and ailments. Digital gap, lack of cross-border regulations and unwillingness to utilize telemedicine were the challenges the service faced in the optimal utilization of such services. Training and education, use of easy Apps and subsidies from the government would help in the long-term use and sustainability of telehealth services amongst the Nepali migrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-301
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
Volume12
Issue number2
Early online date16 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

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