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Paediatrician advocates telemedicine to tackle rural health problems
A professor of pediatrics, Dr. Emmanuel Abara, has charged the Federal Government to seriously look into telemedicine as a means of reaching more people and to help it extend good healthcare to Nigerians, especially in the rural areas.
Abara, who made this known in Ado Ekiti while delivering a lecture to resident doctors at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), said “medical workers should make use of the numerous opportunities available in Information and Communication Technology to improve on their services to make life better for the people.”
Abara, in the lecture anchored on the importance telemedicine in the health sector, said “telemedicine could be discussion about a patient by doctors over the telephone while adding that videoconferencing was another aspect of telemedicine.”
He observed that “the availability of broadband networking will permit the transmission of high quality real time video for a range of clinical application,” adding that “the advantages in telemedicine was that the system would save time, money and boost healthcare delivery all over the country.”
The paediatrician, however, noted that the Federal Government must ensure the availability of electricity to ensure the success of the project.
Telemedicine, he said, would save the life of patients especially those in remote areas “because patients in rural areas could be linked with specialists very far away for clinical consultations through video-conferencing.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of EKSUTH, Dr. Patrick Adegun, said the hospital was ready to tap advantages in ICT to improve on its service delivery.
He said that inviting Abara, who he described as renowned professor of pediatrics, to deliver a lecture on telemedicine, was a way of prompting the hospital's doctors to strive to attain to the top in their profession.Share