9mobile has partnered Mobihealth International, a United Kingdom-based company, to launch a free COVID-19 online screening and teleconsultation service for Nigerians.

This service is aimed at mitigating the impact of the lockdown and restriction of  movement as a result of coronavirus in the country.

The Managing Director and founder of Mobihealth, Dr Funmi Adewara, explained that COVID-19 had impacted the world to the extent that countries with robust healthcare systems had been overwhelmed.

Adewara said, “This crisis makes telemedicine an indispensable tool as COVID-19 spreads across communities. With the emphasis on self-isolation and social distancing, a remote diagnosis becomes imperative for the management of non-critical cases and can help with screening, remote monitoring, contact tracing, and management of non-critical cases.”

The Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, explained that the support given to Mobihealth International would help with teleconsultations and screening of Nigerians during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ado said, “We are happy to support Mobihealth for this unique cause because we recognise that a nation can only be economically buoyant if it has a healthy population. This we are committed to building, by attacking this threat to our country and the world at large.”