By Chioma Obinna
DIAGNOSTICS has been described as the bedrock of the health management industry and key to the growth of Nigeria’s health system.
Disclosing this weekend,the management of Me Cure Healthcare Limited, said Nigerians deserved the best of diagnostics currently available in the world.
Speaking during a review of the company’s 10 years of operation in Nigeria, the Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Pathologist, Me Cure Diagnostics Centre, Dr. Obiefuna Ajie, remarked that the diagnostics arm of the health facility has helped many Nigerians access proper treatment and reduce avoidable deaths.
According to Ajie, the diagnostics arm of Me Cure emerged out of the need to bridge the challenges patients’ face in carrying out investigations and examinations,
“Diagnostics is part of health management of patients, it is quite difficult for healthcare providers to have all the diagnostic tools in one setting, so patients were having problem to get their investigations done to the point that patients had to travel out for that purpose.
“Quite a number of people lost their lives because of lack of investigative tools and part of what Me Cure has been able to achieve in the past 10 years is that it has been able to bridge that gap and contribute physically in helping our healthcare professionals, hospitals and clinics save many lives through its diagnostic centre,” Ajie noted.
Ajie said focus of the pharmaceutical aspect, was to ensure that primary health care was achieved through provision of quality, affordable and accessible medicines.
Consultant Opthalmologist, MeCure Eye Centre, Dr Alabi eye conditions,” he added.
While speaking on the new product launched into the Nigeria healthcare space, the chief Technology Officer, Adil Shaiku said the company has introduced an eCommerce platform, “MeCure Smart Buy”, which is a form of telemedicine, where Nigerians can communicate with pharmacists and doctors at no cost through their phones at their convenience and get healthcare services at an affordable price.
“Telemedicine is what we have brought into our primary healthcare. The offering we have is called the “Me Cure Smart Buy”. This product is to make healthcare convenient and affordable to the general population in Lagos.
“We are providing access to a qualified panel of doctors completely free. You can book an appointment with the App, download on your phone and then our doctors will give you a call to know your ailment and prescribe medication and diagnostic test if required,” Shaiku added.
Speaking, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, at the Oshodi Diagnostic Centre, Jide Fadirepo, urged government to partner with the private health facilities to provide enabling environment for improved healthcare delivery.
He said in agreement with healthcare institutions in the country, noting that while it performs the role of providing infrastructure and subsidising basic amenities such as power, water among others.
The health institutions would in turn provide healthcare services free or at cheaper cost, according to government’s directives.
This, Fadirepo, who is also the Medical Diagnostic Radiographer, said, would boost the country’s health outcomes to meet international standards and reduce avoidable deaths.