Netcom Africa partners Lagos State, others to tame COVID-19

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Netcom Africa has partnered the Lagos State Government, YPO, Landmark Center, and various other companies to help curtail the COVID-19 spread in the state. Netcom is enabling a COVID-19 center and isolation facilities with high speed connectivity and infrastructure to facilitate effective monitoring, communication and response, as its contribution to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos state. Netcom is the foremost connectivity and IT solutions provider in Nigeria.

Netcom’s part in this initiative will ensure that the state government, health officials and doctors fighting the pandemic are well connected with each other and to the rest of the world. This is being achieved via the provision of high-speed internet access, managed Wi-Fi services, and technology integration to the 100 bed COVID-19 isolation center for the Eti-Osa local government.

The enhanced connectivity will be used for doctors and care professionals to rapidly review electronic patient records and manage hospital resources and scheduling.  For patients to receive the best consultation and treatment, remote doctors can be connected using Netcom’s dedicated Internet to patients to provide more diagnostic capabilities as well as bringing in specialist doctors as needed.  

The Wifi infrastructure within the hospital will also be used for fully cloud based collaboration and email systems as well as with an IP based PBX, which will allow for phone calls to be routed to the right professional.  Integrated and collaborative messaging platforms are expected to provide a platform for exchanging up-to-date scientific findings and knowledge on the disease with colleagues around the world.  This will ensure that Nigerian COVID-19 patients are provided care on par with the most developed nations. 

Most importantly, Wifi for patients in the isolation facility will have access to ultra-high-speed Internet to allow their time in the center to pass with the most comfort.    

Speaking on the company’s COVID-19 intervention, VP Corporate Development, Netcom, Charles Harrington stated “Our first and only priority is that we do whatever is possible to ensure the rapid and comfortable care and recovery of COVID-19 patients in Lagos through the use of the Internet and technology.  We are also extremely thankful to the front line of health care worker for their brave and selfless work”.   

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