eHealth – INTEL to Bail Out Nigeria’s Health Services With Digital Training
BY PRINCE OSUAGWU:
Apparently worried by recent world health report which rated the Nigerian health care delivery system 187th out of its 192 member countries, Global Technology giant, Intel corporation Nigeria has provided a bail out option with free computer training for all key staff of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi.
Intel says its gesture was a strategic bid to scale up digital healthcare awareness in Nigeria and build capacity for health workers. The training series according to the chip company, was designed to further educate and equip workers to use digital technology in the everyday delivery of healthcare services across Nigerian hospitals.
Intel is however partnering with a medical network firm, Synapses Limited to facilite the training and the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi is the first in the series of hospitals that will benefit from the Easy Steps training.
Synapses will therefore deploy approprriate ICT infrastrusture in major hospitals across the country starting with the Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi.
Explaining rationale behind the gesture, Corporate Affairs Manager of Intel Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Ogunbor said that "Intel is a company with a long track record of bringing different firms with different strength and resources together to find mutually beneficial solutions for people, communities and the environment.
We are glad that by this training, we are able to contribute significantly to the improvement of the Health care delivery system in Nigeria." According to him, "Intel sees problems as opportunities to solve the unsolvable and collaborate in new and unexpected ways.
We are excited at the impact this training is having in the lives of the health workers of the National orthopedic hospital who can now see how digital technology can be deployed to improved health care delivery through the trainings they have received,".
Meanwhile, Managing Director, Synapses, Dr Segun Ebitanmi, described the collaboration as a response to the poor state of ICT infrastructure in most hospitals. He said in this information age, access to information through internet connectivity has become imperative to keep doctors abreast of latest developments and technologies in health care delivery. Dr Ebitanmi noted that Synapses medical Networks has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Ministry of Health to deploy adequate ICT infrastructure for all teaching hospitals across the country.