The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has commended the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) for its innovative idea on the provision of telemedicine for effective delivery of medical services at the grass root, particularly at this critical moment of covid-19.
In a statement by the Head, media and corporate communications of NASRDA, Dr Felix Ale, the minister gave the commendation in Abuja at the inspection and official launch of the telemedicine project by the space agency.
Dr Onu explained that the mobile telemedicine project is the best of its kind especially in this 21st century because of its capacity to carry out multi-dimensional activities that includes the ability to properly check temperature and dig deep to level of infection as it relates to covid-19 which is a major pandemic that has kept the world on its toes at the moment.
He said the project has the capacity to provide relevant information about covid-19 and several other ailments in order to ensure proper management and control.
The Minister of Science and Technology noted with delight that with the noble efforts and genuine initiative of the space agency, Nigeria can effectively deliver medical services at the grass root level.
The chairman of the senate committee on Science and Technology, Senator Uche Ekwunife appreciated the management team of the National Space Research and Development Agency for a job well done, promising that the National Assembly will do everything possible to ensure funding of the space agency and its various activities as she strongly maintained that achievements such as the telemedicine project must be replicated to serve humanity.
Senator Ekwunife described the provision of good health care facilities as very crucial in any society saying it is indeed a great essence of life. Hence no stone should be left unturned to ensure that a strategic agency of national development like the National Space Research and Development Agency achieves its noble goals and objectives for the good of the nation and overall benefits of Nigerians
The acting Director General of NASRDA, Mr Jonathan Angulu explained that the idea of the mobile telemedicine project is aimed at bringing medical services to the doorsteps of the people. According to him, the project is decked with modern facilities which are capable of penetrating remote areas in providing the best medical services to the people, pointing out that the mobile hospital has the facility to connect to several hospitals and medical records which allows for efficiency in health care delivery.
The NASRDA boss said with necessary support of the federal government, the space agency is capable and determined to make the facility available in the 774 local government areas in the country in no distance time.
The Managing Director of Atlantic Factorial limited, a lead partner of NASRDA on the project, Mr Leke Oyewole who commended the Acting Director General of the space agency and his management team emphasised the need for public private partnership in the space sector in Nigeria particularly at this point in time.
This according to him will provide the platform for the attainment of maximum efficiency and affordability for the growth and development of the sector which he described as critical to various development programmes and efforts anywhere in the world.
Mr Oyewole described the Telemedicine project as a great achievement for the space agency and the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari, saying government at levels should take advantage of this modern technology to revolutionise the health sector in the country.