Intel ‘to the rescue’ of Nigeria’s health sector

Technology giant Intel Corporation and Synapses Limited, a medical network firm, are combining forces to train Nigeria’s clinical workers on digital technology use.

The two will also equip a number of the medical staff with resources essential for the delivery of healthcare services across the country’s major hospitals.

Intel says its gesture is a strategic offer to upgrade digital healthcare awareness in Nigeria as well as build health workers’ capacity. This comes after the Nigerian health care delivery system was recently voted 187 out of the 192 countries reviewed.

Synapses said they will achieve this objective by setting up appropriate ICT infrastructure in major hospitals across the country, starting with the Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi.

The said hospital, where the project was started, has since had a number of key staff offered free computer training.

Osagie Ogunbor, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel Nigeria, said their company is excited at the impact the training is having in the lives of the health workers of the National orthopedic hospital. He added that through the training acquired, they have been able to see how digital technology can be deployed to improve health care delivery.

Dr Segun Ebitanmi, Managing Director of Synapses, said the collaboration is also as a response to the poor state of ICT infrastructure in most hospitals, adding that, in this information age, access to information through internet connectivity had become a necessity to keep doctors side by side with the latest developments and technologies in health care delivery.

He further revealed that the Synapses Medical Networks had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Ministry of Health, to install adequate ICT infrastructure for all teaching hospitals in Nigeria.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California in the United States, Intel Corporation is an American multinational semi-conductor chipmaker founded in 1968. Based on revenue, it is the world’s largest and highest valued chipmaker.

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