Doctors Launch Free (For Now) Telemedicine Services in Nigeria
A network of medical doctors will be attending to various healthcare needs of Nigerians through a mobile technology platform when they dial 0700DOCTORS on their mobile phones without any charges.
At the programme launch yesterday in Abuja, Dr Hadassah Iwuono said that with ‘Phone a Doctor’, things have to be better in the healthcare sector.
She added that the programme by ChitHub Medical Solutions is like healing from a distance.
“The greatest impact of telemedicine is on the patients, their families and their communities. Using Phone a Doctor reduces travel time and related stresses for the patient,” she said.
The technology developer and chief executive of the firm, Engr Michael Agbobo, said that in a country where doctor-to-patient ratio is greater than 5,000 and healthcare facilities are grossly inadequate, the service aims to provide real time healthcare support to improve the industry and save lives.