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Soludo launches telemedicine hub to address dearth of healthcare workers in Anambra

The pilot hub, situated at Comprehensive Medical Centre, Awkuzu, is connected to 10 other health centres in different communities.

• September 14, 2022
Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo
Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra has inaugurated the telemedicine hub to address the gap created by the shortage of healthcare workers in the state.

In a speech at the inauguration on Wednesday in Awka, Mr Soludo said the telemedicine hub was to ensure that healthcare services were provided in all parts of the state, especially hard-to-reach areas.

He said the pilot hub, situated at Comprehensive Medical Centre, Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of the state, is connected to 10 other health centres in different communities.

“With the gap created with the rate of brain drain in the country, this technology will improve and increase access to healthcare in the state.

“If this pilot hub works as expected, we will replicate it in the other 179 communities in the state,” he said.

The Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike, said the concept and inauguration of the hub were the first in West Africa and Nigeria.

Mr Obidike said it would be beneficial to residents with the use of google diagnostics to interact with doctors in America and Abuja.

“Diagnostic google will be used at the healthcare facilities to get the doctors to attend to patients from any location.

“We have ensured that there will be minimal challenges regarding network and power supply since we have installed solar energy to drive 24-hour services,” he stated.


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