A closer look at Huduma Poa Sky (Telemedicine) Project

LInda Adero, a tele-medicine Nurse Counselor making a tele-consultation at the Central Medical Facility based at KMET Health Complex

LInda Adero, a tele-medicine Nurse Counselor making a tele-consultation at the Central Medical Facility based at KMET Health Complex

Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) in collaboration with World Health Partners (WHP) runs a Telemedicine based project in Kisumu and Siaya Counties dubbed ‘Huduma Poa Sky’ (HPS). The project utilizes the medical Knowledge, skills and experience of a medical doctor based at the Central medical facility (CMF) at KMET Complex to reach patients in 7 Sky Health centers mostly Huduma Poa Clinics.
In order to carry out tele-consultations, the Sky centers and the CMF are connected via internet and cellular technology. The clinics are manned by nurses and Clinical officers who also work with a network of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) attached to the Sky health Centers. The role of the CHVs is to refer clients and where necessary and practical also make house calls to connect patients at the comfort of their homes with a medical Doctor. Once the patients are consulted, diagnosis, request for laboratory investigations and drug prescriptions are sent electronically. The patient gets the drugs from the sky centers and follow ups are done from the CMF.
Since its inception in late June 2014, the project has carried out 287 successful tele-consultations resulting into better patient care and treatment. The project intends to have 3 additional Sky Centers in the region and increase the number of CHVs attached to the facilities to a minimum of 6 per facility. In addition the project will bring on board Medical consultants and specialist on specific days, apart from equipping the CHVs with affordable drugs to dispense at the community level. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to reach the undeserved population with quality health care within a walkable distance.
By Daniel Omolo (HPS Project Team Leader)

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