Telemedicine arrives in Kenya


An Indian medical tourism company is hoping to introduce telemedicine to Kenya, after successful implementation in Canada and Britain. According to Chandigarh-based Doctor Z India Healthcare Ltd., the company is hoping the effort will bring more development to the medical sector to the African country.

“The company has been entrusted by Mohali-based Center for Development of Advanced Computing, a scientific society under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the government of India, to provide technology to launch the project,” a statement read on Thursday.

The company said it would be the first such effort to enter Kenya.

Doctor Z India Managing Director Zora Singh, in comments to the Business Standard, said “We are planning to launch [the] telemedicine project in Kenya in association with C-DAC Mohali as a technology partner.”

She went on to say that C-DAC was chosen as a partner because “they have past experience in this field. Besides, we are also planning to run an Out Patient Department (OPD) camp in Kenya, Ethiopia and East of Africa.”

C-DAC’s first major project in Kenya, ironically, was a telemedicine enterprise begun in 1999 and was successfully completed in 2003.

By Staff

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