Nigeria has launched a mobile Telemedicine facility that will help the country curb the spread of and manage the outbreak of COVID-19 by providing a platform for fast and reliable diagnosis.
The facility launched by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is part of a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Health for mobile testing of the virus in order to mitigate the pandemic in the country.
Through remote terminals and mobile bus equipped with basic diagnosis equipment such as Cameras (General Examination Camera, Image & Illumination System) and Diagnostic Scopes (Electronic Stethoscope –Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Scope, Ophthalmoscope and Dermascope), the government hopes to reach a larger number of people with easy access to testing, Space in Africa reported.
The remote terminals are in Bayelsa, Bernin Kebbi, Ibadan, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Owerri, and Owo to cover the geopolitical zones in the country.
The Nigerian Communications Satellite is enabled to support telemedicine as one of the target applications. It carries Hughes VSAT equipment, Polycom video equipment and AMD Telemedicine.
The latest launch is sequel to the pilot project in 2007 by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, with an initial plan for the integration of the sub-network to include Eight Remote Terminals and One Mobile Unit.