Kenya:The use of telemedicine advocated to ease the pressure on hospitals
The MCAs has advocated the use of telemedicine in Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in Kenya to ease congestion in all county hospitals by embracing use of technology to ease congestion at the facilities as well as ensure better services at the facilities
The MCAs have pointed out that the use of telemedicine and connectivity technology will ease the pressure on hospitals as patients do not have to physically be present in hospitals to receive treatment
The proposal is contained in a report by the assembly’s health committee after a visit to Narayana Hospital in India to borrow best health practices from a country which is most sought after on matters health.
Narayana Hospital, offering medical care in over 30 medical specialties, is one of the world’s largest telemedicine networks connecting 800 centers globally with presence across eight major cities in India with an international subsidiary in the Cayman Islands.
At the same time, the MCAs also want the county health facilities accredited and commissioned in order for them to deliver high quality services.
According to the chair of the committee Mr Stephen Gikonyo, accrediting and commissioning hospitals under the county will see the facilities fall under a national body and/or commission that would ensure there is greater scrutiny of operation of the hospitals in terms of ensuring they do not suffer from drugs shortage, inadequate health personnel, among other issues.
This will as a result enhance and put into effect adherence to proper heath service standards satisfactory to patients besides being affordable.
“There should be deliberate efforts to have all hospitals in Nairobi accredited and commissioned in order for them to deliver high quality services through telemedicine and connectivity technology that is in tandem with recognised health standards,” read in part the committee’s report adopted by the assembly last week.
The use of telemedicine innovation would be carried in partnership between Narayana Health Center and NMS
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty the head of Narayana Health Center is ready work closely with Nairobi through a public private partnership model to develop healthcare projects and also expand an exchange programme where some of the surgeons could come to Nairobi and conduct surgeries among other procedures.