Telemedicine tools our surest bet to open access to healthcare facilities for all – Mahama

The 2020 Flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has urged the country to re-align itself and focus on introducing telemedicine tools in order to expand access to quality healthcare.

He told Ghanaian authorities in a Facebook post some few hours ago that the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has demonstrated yet again that a strong healthcare system is Ghana’s surest best.

“We have to develop telemedicine tools to support the construction and provision of modern and well-equipped health facilities across the country. This will make it easier for every Ghanaian to access quality healthcare. Together, we will build a future #Ghana”, he said.

Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other. It involves deploying technological tools such as HIPPA complaint video-conferencing to enable doctors or health experts to consult patients and attend to their needs.

His comment comes in the wake of recorded increase in Ghana’s cases of COVID-19.

Updated data released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed that the country recorded 220 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the West African nation’s case count to 6,486 from 6,269 of the last update which was released on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

The number of recoveries has also jumped to 1,951 from 1,898 while the death toll remains at 31.


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