Nairobi: Researchers in Kenya are advocating use of mobile phones to enable people seek timely help against diseases like malaria and malnutrition.
According to the researcher, text-messages with information on diseases can be sent to health workers, particularly those in remote areas on how to take care of patients. They will then pass the information to patients.The workers can also be reminded to attend to patients through their mobile phones.Similarly, patients can also be informed of how to take, for instance, malaria drugs to prevent death."The method should complement traditional approaches to support clinical management such as health worker training, and supervision," said Zurovac who was commending a new research done by Kemri on how mobile phone can be used to better people`s health. In Kenya, it an estimated 20 million people use or have access to a mobile phone, which has become a major tool of communication in Africa.On the other hand, there are annually about 250 million new cases of malaria infection across the world, most of them in Africa. Of these about 800,000 people die, most of them are children.IANS
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