The Lagos State Government has launched ‘EKO TELEMED’ to protect residents and reduce their risk of contracting the Coronavirus disease.
The General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, who made this known, said henceforth, residents would have access to highly-trained and experienced Medical Doctors for non-emergency primary care consultation via voice or video call from the comfort of their homes.
Dr. Zamba said those who develop any non-COVID-19 health issues during the lockdown should dial the 08000EKOMED (08000356633) toll-free line for consultation.
According to her, “the toll-free line would enable residents have direct access to non-emergency primary care via voice or video call and speak with trained medical doctors in any of the four major Nigerian languages – English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo”.
The General Manager said that Doctors and Case Managers would be available 24/7 on ‘EKO TELEMED’ to provide medical services to the residents of Lagos State for a period of eight weeks as the State continues to roll out its strategies for containing the COVID-19 pandemic and explained that if further medical treatment is needed after due consultation with the medical doctors, non-coronavirus cases would be referred to designated Healthcare Providers under the Lagos State Health Scheme or preferred Healthcare Providers, stressing that patients with high COVID-19 suspicion would be directed to designated testing sites and isolation centres in Lagos State through the hotline 08000CORONA.
In her words “The project would increase access to care, reduce the challenge of going to hospitals during this period of restricted movements, except for emergencies. It would also create an entry point for the quicker evacuation of confirmed and severely ill COVID-19 cases to the designated treatment facility. This is aimed at ensuring better health outcomes for affected citizens, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality associated with the pandemic”.