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Technology and medical experts have emphasised the need for Nigerians to embrace telemedicine offering, saying, using technology for medical healthcare services reduces unnecessary non-urgent emergency room (ER) visits and eliminates preventives expenses for regular checkups.

The experts spoke at the launch of DoktorConnect, a digital application that provides a platform for anyone, anywhere, and at any time to access instant medical expertise that is accurate, trustworthy, relevant, and actionable.

Specifically, World Health Organisation Nigeria Country Representative (WR), Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, who was represented by the State Coordinator, Dr. Sam Yenyi, in his keynote speech, stated that telemedicine is the future of health delivery and is most certainly a major tool to achieve universal health coverage towards reaching the vision of ‘leaving no one behind’.

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He noted that above and beyond this, telemedicine would potentially improve collaborative learning across health professionals and ultimately impact positively on the quality of healthcare, even in the remote corners of the world.

On his part, CEO of Josmol, the company behind DoktorConnect, Dr. Joseph Olowe believed that everyone should have instant and affordable access to healthcare irrespective of their geographical location, hence the effort to bring to Nigeria the latest technology to help drive a healthier nation.

Olowe added that no one needs to die from a preventable ailment adding, “No one needs to be stuck in traffic, join endless queues, and pay through their noses in a bid to talk to a doctor and get care. Now, access to quality healthcare is in your hands, and on your phone.

“With the DoktorConnect app, you can consult with a licensed doctor 24/7, request a medical checkup, get a prescription delivered to your doorstep, enjoy accidental coverage and instructor-led fitness training videos, all on your mobile phone.”

“DoktorConnect boasts of a Digital Medical Record that eliminates the use of files and paperwork, allowing patients to have all their medical history stored in a secured and encrypted environment digitally. Customers can also assess a comprehensive yearly wellness test that covers the status of your cell age, kidney, heart, liver, urinary tract, and much more,” he stated.

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Olowe hinted that Josmol is also introducing into the market the latest mobile and innovative DIY (Do It Yourself) Medical devices such as a 6in1 Health Monitor that measures your Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, ECG, etc, and automatically uploads results into your medical record on the DoktorConnect platform.”

The Country Manager, Adewale Osideinde stated, “this is a new day for healthcare in the country. Nigerians have over the years described healthcare in the country as old, low quality, disorganized and expensive, we hope to join the efforts to change this narrative.”

The DoktorConnect App can be downloaded on the Google Playstore and would be available on iOS within the next 7 days. DoktorConnect is FREE for all medical doctors to consult on, and Nigerians can access the app free for the first 30 days.

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