Ordinarily, church ministrations are meant to be soul’ searching, repentance or perhaps thanksgiving services. But what started out as a prayer session for Nigeria ended up as a mission package pointer to show how the fall out of the pandemic may turn out a big blessing for the healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
The theme for the convention itself is POST PANDEMIC, NEHEMIAH, A CASE STUDY
The preacher, Dr Wale Adeyinka,
a medical practitioner in the UK had earlier discussed with Sina Oduko the communications entrepreneur the spin offs of the pandemic.
The discussion centred on how like NEHEMIAH, Nigerians abroad can use their resources to make life better for the ones at home even in terms of healthcare.
Dr Wale’s spare times, when not engaged on church matters are spent attending via video conferencing ZOOM) to patients in Nigeria. On occasions where specialized skills are needed, he regularly solicits for assistance from his colleagues.
At the other end, church premises, school yards equiped with facilities such that patients can be attended to with the assistance of nurses and other medical personnel. This way resources are being shared while pressure is eased off the overseas counterparts.
It was also suggested that given the circumstances in Nigeria, the way forward is to use e- CONSULT. The concept and it’s application is simple enough and can be modified for the use of anywhere in Nigeria:
Patients, with or without the help of medical personnel can go online and fill out simple but intuitive comprehensive forms on line about their ailments etc
These are forwarded to a group of volunteer local medical team OR dedicated experieced medical personnel that may have been engaged by the government for the purpose. The submissions are looked into and prescriptions etc can be forwarded back to the patients via the same medium, the smart phones.
Of the need for diagnostics:
Primary (simple) level diagnostic centers eg for blood can be easily established lose to hospital environment etc.
Given the advent in technology, cost of equipment is getting crashed eg potable scanners while many wristwatches now incorporate ECG- and similar facilities.
Another example that was discussed is the DIALYSIS CENTRE. The suggestion is that more of such centres need to be established as they do not have to be unduly capital – intensive.
ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS/ MEDICAL HEALTH RECORDS – EMR / MHR
The usual argument against all of these is that the internet in Africa is slow and costs money. The good news is that most packages that are develped by Sysdigit Communications do not really need any internet subscription ie. –internet – free. A typical example that has been deployed successfully is their E-Library. A simple solar power assembly that costs about N50,000 per site is all that is needed to power each site and works perfectly well. For ost of Africa, it is still paper – cards. Sysdigit Communications will put together the package if the decision makers will make use of it.
In terms of electricity, this is indeed the least of the challenge that should confront any project given the abundance of sunshine.
at the end, it was mutually agreed that there has to be a greater platform to actualize this to the benefit of folks at home. Was it not the reason why Joseph the slave turned prime minister in Egypt was. deposited abroad as God new there was an impending famine?
The CACMA ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION highlight comes up on Saturday the 19th when a UK politician, Mayor of Enfield a gest speaker leads a discussion on MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHURCH AND THE GOVERNMENTS while another guest speaker, Pastor Bolade, CEO RUBITEC SOLAR, Nigeria talks on MINI-GRIDS, ALTERNATIVE SOLAR POWERED ELECTRICIT
Y in Nigeria.
A past head of state, HE Chief Olusegun Obasanjọ,
the leader of the Christians (Ogun State) is expected to deliver the KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Congratulations to CACMA on this great occasion