By Gabriel Ogunjobi
For the reason that inception of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, the general public healthcare centres have been overwhelmed as a consequence of pressing consideration given in the direction of combating the raging virus.
In accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), as at Tuesday July 22, COVID-19 has killed 813 sufferers out of the 38, 344 circumstances confirmed to have contracted the virus.
As of July 22, there are 21,716 lively circumstances throughout all states of the nation and 15,815 discharged after testing damaging. However, the media has reported the quite a few circumstances of stranded residents who died treatable diseases due to neglect on the hospitals occasioned by the pandemic interval.
In an interview with The Nation, President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) AbdulRafiu Adeniji suggested outpatient strategies for remedy to scale back the speed of mortality when entry to hospital turns into tough.
“One of many classes COVID-19 has taught us is the dire want for tele-medicine and tele-nursing,” Adeniji stated.
Wikipedia defines tele-medicine as use of data expertise within the provision of medical companies every time bodily distance exists between affected person and medical doctors or between any variety of nurses. As a subject, it has many factors of contact with different medical and non-medical functions akin to tele-diagnosis, tele-consultation, and tele-monitoring.
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What extra to learn about telemedicine
Worldwide inclusion: In accordance with a 2019 report, the worldwide telemedicine market is anticipated to be price $53.1 billion by 2026 with a compound annual development charge of 14.19% from 2019 to 2026.
On the inception of COVID-19, nations just like the US and Australia have accommodated telemedicine as a coverage into their public healthcare techniques. Though Nigeria is but to expressively embody it in its nationwide coverage, some non-public establishments appear to be selling it. Even the federal government is taking an analogous method in dealing with COVID-19 by encouraging self-isolation, phone analysis.
Peek into telemedicine in Nollywood: Elevator Child, one of many newest Nollywood motion pictures on Netflix, employed telemedicine – that’s tele-delivery – in driving residence its central message.
On the climax of the over two hours of the film, the trio of the display divas: Yemi Solade, Toyin Abraham and Timini Egbuson delivered to the scene an intriguing enactment utilizing a telephone name to facilitate secure and child supply. It’s best to maybe see the film too!
Reeling out the plans of the affiliation, the NANNM’s President revealed: “We are actually coaching a crop of people that can be answerable for well being name centres to present over-the-counter treatments. This may scale back the impacts of the burden of illnesses and save lives.
“By the advantage of our community, we are able to simply determine the nurses, medical doctors, laboratory attendants at every senatorial district that might work hand-in-hand for coordination when there’s a have to redirect individuals to close by hospitals.
“There could also be challenges alongside the way in which however that is an initiative that has been in apply in superior nations and we hope to succeed with it too to be able to give qualitative, secure, well timed, very accessible counselling and care.”