Tele-Health Services in Developing Countries, Problems and Prospect: The Nigerian Experience
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The state of tele-health services in a developing country like Nigeria, has been investigated. The investigation revealed: (1) nascent tele-health services, due mainly to: poor state of telecommunication facilities and services, resulting mainly from: dearth of funds, expertise; and lack of enabling socio-political, economic and regulatory environments (2) that, with these problems solved, tele-health services have bright prospects, viz: (i) in the context of: the New National Health programme, which lays emphasis on primary health care, health education and disease prevention; training medical and health personnel; remote consultation and diagnosis, thus (ii) as a cost-effective health care delivery strategy in the 21st century. (iii) in promoting tourism. Solutions proffered include mainly: provision of adequate rural telecommunication facilities and services; and wide-spread, and cost effective uses of, information technology, particularly networking and communications within the country; and access to the Internet.
Information Technology , Telecommunications , Health Services
Amaeshi, L.L.N (1998) Tele-Health Services in Developing Countries, Problems and Prospect: The Nigerian Experience.A Paper presented at the Third International Symposium on Space and the Global Village Organised by the International Space University at the Strasbourg Central Campus, Pare d'Innovation, Illkirah, France.