IT'S A HELL OF A TASK BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT WITH DOCTORS IN NIGERIAN PUBLIC HOSPITALS. A NEW ONLINE PLATFORM IS HERE TO HELP NIGERIANS THROUGH THE HASSLE.
Anyone who has been to any Nigerian Public Hospital knows how tough it is to see or book an appointment with a doctor and this most times makes hospital visits highly tedious. A Nigerian startup is working to fix this situation with their impressive database. DokiLink which first started out last 4 years as an online professional network for doctors. The community grew its membership to over 11,000 registered and verified doctors. According to the startup, doctors registered on their database account for about 30% of doctors in Nigeria. One of the major reasons fuelling the difficulty in booking doctors in the country is the drop in numbers of doctors. According to the chairman, Association of Colleges of Medicine of Nigeria, Folashade Ogunsola, Nigeria needs 237, 000 medical doctors but has only about 35,000 working in the country today. Most of the doctors trained in Nigeria leave the country and move on to practice outside the country.
While it may lie in the hands of the government to make the working conduction easier for doctors, Dokilink is making life easier for patients with their platform. The platforms offers patients the opportunity to book appointments with verified doctors and medical specialists registered in their database. Users are offered the option of choosing doctors within a particular specialty or in a particular city/state. Booking is simple as there is a personal calendar for each doctor on the platform, the calendars are unique, once a patient picks an free day on the calendar and clicks on it, the date is locked and set aside for the patient. The doctor on the other receives a notification via email and SMS prompting him to be aware of the appointment. This whole process happen in easy clicks which may last just 3 minutes or less.
The founder of Dokilink, Niyi Osamiluyi believes the platform will truly change the way health care is accessed in Nigeria and Africa.