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News : Doctors Launch Free Telemedicine Services In Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria, Nov 20, 2015 -- A network of medical doctors will be attending to various health care need of Nigerians through a mobile technology platform when they dial on their mobile phones without any charges.
At the programme launch on Friday in Abuja, Dr Hadassah Iwuono said with ‘Phone A Doctor’ things have to be better because they are here.
She said that programme by ChitHub Medical Solutions is like healing from a distance.
"The greatest impact of telemedicine is on the patient, their family and their community. Using phone a doctor reduces travel time and related stresses for the patient," she said.
For the technology developer and chief executive of the firm, Engr Michael Agbobo, in a country where doctor-to-patient ratio is greater than 5,000 and health care facilities grossly in adequate, the service aims to provide real time health care support to improve the industry and save lives.
"I’m not saying we are solving all the problem but at least we are part of the solution. There must be a more creative way of solving our health care problems.
"Phone a doctor is a telemedicine service with lots of channels that you use to get access to the same kind of service that any other person can get anywhere in the world.
"Our vision is to make health care affordable, available and accessible to as many people as we can and I think the best channel to do this is technology," Agbogo said.
Agbogo quoted the poor health care statistics in Nigeria as the reason for coming up with the service and hopes they will make an impact.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015