In an effort to bring healthcare closer to the people, the Abia Government said it had developed prepaid cards to meet the health needs of citizens irrespective of status and location in the state.
Called “Tele-Health Initiative’’ the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, announced while featuring on News Agency Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that the product was ready and would be launched in a few weeks.
“I want to say to Nigerians that in Abia we are going to launch in a few weeks times, our Tele-Health Initiative, Dial a Doc Initiative.
“It is a prepaid card that gives you access to a medical doctor irrespective of where you are and who you are.
“It will be useful and handy for our students, for our aged parents and indeed, for everybody.
“And, it will deepen healthcare delivery service because we have successfully linked our Primary Healthcare Centres to a call centre where doctors are prepared to speak in vernacular.
“You have a choice to either speak to a female or male doctor.
“That is where we are today in health in Abia,” he said.