An Abia State telehealth initiative in partnership with Globacom Nigeria and Dial-A-Doc-Direct has said it is leveraging on telecommunications to improve coverage and access to health care services.
A statement by the Managing Director of Dial-A-Doc-Direct, Dr Omas Ubiame, said telehealth could make a huge difference in providing health care support and guidance to Nigerians.
According to the statement, the ‘Abia State Telehealth Initiative’ will grant access to phone users across the state on quality, affordable and timely health care, despite their geographical distance from a health care facility.
The statement read in part, “The Abia State Telehealth Support Initiative is rapidly advancing its local health care system into virtual space to improve remote access, outcome and coverage, thereby enhancing inclusivity towards universality, through the Abia State TeleHealth Support Centre manned by medical doctors.
“It is supporting Abia’s almost four million residents through its 722 primary, 28 secondary and 2 tertiary health care centres. Abia State, with its telehealth support programme, is no doubt better primed to effectively and efficiently predict, prevent and control emerging infectious diseases like the current coronavirus outbreak, while still delivering basic contemporary health care services.
“As the fears over the coronavirus continue to spread faster than the disease itself, telehealth can make a huge difference in providing care, support and guidance to health care consumers.”
Omas said during an infectious disease outbreak, health care providers were at the greatest risk and pose one of the greatest risks to their communities as they are in constant contact with both the sick and the healthy population.
He said there was the need “to be extra vigilant and extremely prepared to safeguard our lives and the lives of our loved ones, family, friends, and communities.”