Lagos, April 10, 2019 InStrat Global Health Solutions and a consortium of partners say they will leverage satellite communication technology to improve healthcare system in Nigeria.

The Chief Executive Officer of Instrat, Okey Okuzu, said on Wednesday in Lagos that they had moved to solidify efforts made in the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme (IPP) for Nigeria.

The consortium included Inmarsat, InStrat, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development of the University of Lagos, the Federal and State Ministries of Health in Ondo, Kano, Lagos, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

Okuzu said in a statement that the partners would create structures and trainings that would help address key health challenges in those select areas.

He said that they were in the second phase of IPP, a programme which used satellite communication technology, to improve health information management and governance.

According to him, IPP was launched in 2017 and aims to improve the standard of healthcare in rural areas with poor communications- through the application of satellite connectivity, surveillance and trainings.

”The programme also provides video-based health worker trainings and strengthens disease surveillance capabilities for mitigating public health risks.

”After the first phase of the programme, we have realised that through the deployment of satellite connectivity infrastructure, it is possible to make positive strides in the healthcare industry.

”We have been able to improve the delivery of better quality reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health services.

”We have also helped to increase the demand for healthcare by patients through the use of data by the government to inform evidence-based policies.

”It is important to highlight that government funding, initiatives and support will go a long way in bringing the programme to a wider audience.

”We will continue to leverage technical and operational arrangements for satellite communications in the country,” he said.

Okuzu said that as Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation, Nigeria’s health system was relatively under-developed, especially in rural communities.

He said it was important that government and private sector stakeholders seek solutions to widen the geographic and socio-economic disparities in healthcare access across the country.