Over 100 patients were attended to through telemedicine at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano during the first week-long lock-down declared on the state by the governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The head the Department of Haematology of the hospital, Dr Aminu Abba Yusuf disclosed this during the follow-up of the Hospital Management Committee meeting held recently.
He explained that the department of Heamatology observed that due to the restrictions of movement in Kano state and suspension of all Specialty Clinics in AKTH, a lot of sickle cell patients and other related cases may not be able to come to the hospital for follow-up care, so the department decided to purchase a small mobile hand set with a line thus: “09045214956 dedicated for the patients who have problems associated with their health condition to call for enquiry.”
The hospital’s assistant director, information and relations, Hauwa Abdullahi, quoted Dr Aminu to have said “when a patient calls the number, he/she will disclosed his worries, the doctor will then ask some questions and based on his findings, he will either text prescription for the drugs the patient will take, give advice or suggestion for the patient to be brought to the hospital’s Day Care Center for expert management and care.”
He said when the doctor in the department completed his call, he will hand over the phone to the next person, adding that the system is going on successful without any hitch.
Mrs Abdullahi said as of at the time of compiling this report, “their records indicated that 58 patients were consulted over the phone, 23 with sickle cell crises were attended to at the day care where blood was transfused while eight cancer patients were given chemotherapy.”
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe was said to have commended the effort of the Head of Department of Haematology and his staff for the good initiative and called on all other departments whose Specialty Clinics were suspended to make similar arrangement in order to maintain communication with their patients with a view to continue monitoring their health conditions.
The departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery and Oral diagnostic services were said to have also submitted the GSM numbers of specialty doctors that will be receiving enquiry and possibly consultation from patients.
The HOD, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Professor Idris A. Suleman also reminded the forum that inspite of COVID-19 and the lockdown in Kano State his department has been receiving deliveries in the labour ward.