Mayowa Adeniran |
The Lagos State Accountability Mechanism on Maternal and New Born Child Health (LASAM) has lauded the creation of the Eko TeleMed as part of efforts to protect citizens and reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19.
The group stated that the initiative would not only increase the access of nursing and expectant mothers to healthcare, but also increase access to qualified doctors.
Eko TeleMed, an initiative of the Lagos State Health Management Agency, was created to increase access to care, reduce the challenge of going to hospitals during this period of restricted movements, except for emergencies.
“It would also create an entry point for the quicker evacuation of confirmed and severely ill COVID-19 cases to the designated treatment facility.
“This is aimed at ensuring better health outcomes for affected citizens, and reducing morbidity and mortality associated with the pandemic,” said the General Manager of LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba.
Commending the government, Barr Ayo Adebusoye, Co-Chairman, LASAM, while speaking on a radio programme described the initiative as a unique opportunity for residents of the state to access healthcare.
He also said that the Eko TeleMed would ease people of the stress in accessing health care services during the lockdown either because of far distance of health facilities or preference to stay at home.
“TeleMed creates an opportunity for expectant mothers to access qualified doctors via phone for free. It’s toll free and the government is paying for the first two months. It is highly commendable.
“Families need to be disciplined and know that they should only give birth to children they can cater for. If not, after COVID-19, we will experience baby boom.”
He also mentioned that it is important for all health workers in the primary and secondary health facilities to be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by the State Government to ensure that expectant mothers and others who want to access health facilities do not pose a risk to health workers or are also not inadvertently exposed to COVID-19 infection by health workers who may have been infected by other patients.
LASAM urged the state government to strengthen its community case identification, referral testing and early isolation.