A United Kingdom-based Nigerian medical practitioner, Dr Funmi Adewara, says 60 p.c of medical circumstances might be resolved by telemedicine.
Adewara made this recognized on Sunday at a digital seminar on Fb, sponsored by AreaDoc, a telehealth platform developed by Monitor Healthcare Restricted, a Lagos-based medical expertise and telecommunication agency.
Recall that Adewara can be the Chief Government Officer of a world built-in TeleHealth agency, MobiHealth.
“Individuals have to know that telemedicine provides the chance for them to have the ability to enhance their well being by getting access to high quality care that they want and throughout the consolation of their houses.
“Just the same way you are doing mobile banking, online flight bookings and other social media activities, you can also improve your health, using technology,” she mentioned.
In keeping with her, telemedicine has the potential of reworking the nation’s healthcare system and serving to the nation to ‘leap frog.’
The medical practitioner additionally mentioned that telemedicine supplied the chance for the nation to bridge the hole within the system, together with well being staff’ provide hole and counterfeit medication, amongst different challenges.
Adewara, nevertheless, famous that Nigeria was very far-off from the World Well being Organisation (WHO) normal so far as the doctor-patient ratio was involved.
“Nigeria presently has a inhabitants of over 200 million, with about 40,000 medical doctors, 90 p.c of whom are on their means in a foreign country.
“So we’ve got 72,000 registered medical doctors, however greater than half of us are exterior the nation, and 9 in 10 of those that are left behind are on their means out.
“What telemedicine can do is to help to mobilise doctors, whether it is from the urban areas or in the Diaspora, to help people’s access to healthcare,” she mentioned.
Adewara mentioned that quite a bit nonetheless wanted to be finished by way of investing in digital infrastructure to have the ability to faucet into the present digital revolution and drive its adoption.
She urged the federal and state governments to combine telemedicine into the medical insurance scheme to allow the abnormal man entry and afford healthcare.
“We have to leverage on the explosive cell expertise development by way of our healthcare financing model.
“Nigeria spends $8.8 billion on airtime and data. So why can’t we use that to attain universal health coverage so that for every mobile subscriber, there is a deduction that goes toward their healthcare?” she queried.
In his remarks, the Chief Government Director, Monitor Healthcare Restricted, Dr Femi Ogunremi, mentioned that telemedicine was key, notably right now of the coronavirus pandemic.
“With telemedicine, dwelling visits might be finished, if wanted. You possibly can have prescriptions and blood samples delivered at dwelling.
“There are partners who provide these services, including AreaDoc platform and even those in the remote places can tap into the services of specialists in urban areas without physically going to see them,” Ogunremi mentioned