- The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) takes a major step as part of efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria
- Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, head of the MMF, says the new innovation will virtual healthcare delivery
- A dedicated hotline that will soon help people in local languages has been unveiled
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The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) has announced the launch of a telemedical line to support the National Commission on Desease Control (NCDC) in the fight against COVID-19.
The aim of the line is to help those with the COVID-19 who are unable to access the designated Isolation centres across the country.
A statement by Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, head of the MMF, said the project named MMF Medassist COVID Partner Line, is part of the effort to provide access to relevant and necessary medical advice, medical and mental health support for those who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, across the 36 states of the country.
The CEO noted: "COVID-19, unfortunately, has redefined for us a new normal and as the rest of the world is entering the second wave of the virus, this initiative will offer virtual healthcare delivery in collaboration with public and private healthcare providers.
“This is a response to the state and federal governments calls for additional call centre support during the COVID-19 pandemic, to support end-users and to prevent a health crisis.
"The helpline for which initial consultation and treatment will cost only N500 will allow callers to consult with medical professionals virtually, who will be able to prescribe necessary treatment to forestall an escalation of symptoms.”
She recalled how recently, the Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi, disclosed that many patients who tested positive with the virus refused to go to the isolation centres and rather prefered self-medicate.
She added: "About 75% of those infected refuse to present themselves for admission at isolation centres in Lagos state alone by this development, therefore, making it imperative for MMF to come up with this support.”
"The dedicated MedAssist telemedicine hotline - 08180640000 - is poised to launch first in English and three main Nigerian languages of Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba and in the 36 states of the country. Additional local languages will be added as the service expands." Muhammed Oyebode stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reports that the senior pastors of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam and Nike Adeyemi, have announced that they would not re-open their church as finally announced by the Lagos state government recently.
The couple went on to state that online services would continue to hold until it is safe to reopen their auditorium in Lagos and other areas around the country.
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