Mr Isaias Barreto da Rosa, ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and
Technology (ICT), made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
Da Rosa said that the strategy would involve the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers and patients.
The commissioner said the use of information and communication technology (ICT) would, in turn, improve information and sensitisation to promote health services in the sub-region.
“Short Message Service (SMS) can be used to assist people in the remote area as the mobile devices are used to bring information and sensitisation to the people in the rural areas.
“It can be used among health professionals like the doctors and nurses to develop solutions by diagnosing and prescribing drugs for patients, ‘’ the commissioner said.
Da Rosa said the commission was working with Groupe Spécial Mobile Association (GSMA) by taking advantage of the potential of mobile devices to help improve the health services in the region.
It explained the reason why ECOWAS signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with GSMA on March 3 at margins of the last Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he added. (NAN)
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