Dr Michael A. Olamoyegun

Dr Michael A. Olamoyegun

Dr Michael A. Olamoyegun

Consultant Endocrinologist at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital. Head of the Department of Medicine, Ladoke Akintola University/LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Oto State, Nigeria. Diabetes Africa Telehealth Chamber Lead
Doctor on a telemedicine diabetes consultation

Conducting a remote diabetes consultation in Africa: a how-to guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on mindset and practices for healthcare professionals. In many respects, it has accelerated the transition to a more flexible provision of healthcare, particularly in Africa, where access to basic and specialised healthcare remains a challenge.

Telemedicine is an effective tool that can be used to expand the reach and most importantly improve the quality of healthcare in Africa in these challenging times. However, conducting a diabetes consultation remotely requires specific skills and knowledge, as it is in many respects more challenging than a face-to-face consultation. Upskilling healthcare professionals to ensure that they are adapting their practice appropriately is key to improving health access with telemedicine.

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African doctor practicing telemedicine with a patient with diabetes. Diabetes Africa

Nigeria has less than 200 endocrinologists. Here is a way to bridge this gap.

In the wake of the disruption across sectors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity to use technology to improve on existing processes and better manage chronic diseases in Nigeria, especially for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus. Dr. Michael A. Olamoyegun from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital writes that telemedicine can play a vital role to help keep track of records and interact with patients without putting them at risk of catching the COVID-19 virus.

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