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Adopt telemedicine, others, expert advises oil sector stakeholders



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The Medical Director, Flying Doctors Nigeria, Dr. Jibayo Oyedele, has urged oil and gas industry stakeholders to adopt and exploit innovations in the healthcare sector in ensuring their employees have access to quality healthcare.

Oyedele stated this at the opening ceremony of the ongoing 40th Annual International Conference and Exhibitions of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, according to a statement on Wednesday.

He said since the oil and gas industry plays a major role in the African economy, it was important for stakeholders in the sector to create a conducive environment including accessible quality healthcare for their workers.

“The oil and gas industry is the brick and mortar of the African continent with thousands of workers. Energy demand is projected to rise almost 30% by 2040 across the continent.

“Significant as such, the industry should create conducive conditions for its personnel, especially those in the field, to freely access quality emergency care and medical services.

“At the bottom line, healthy protected workers of individual companies will improve the resilience of national economics,” Oyedele said.

He, however, decried the hindrances to achieving sustainable healthcare in the African oil and gas sector, highlighting the lack of innovative health tech and pharm tech solutions as major contributors to the challenges.

Oyedele recommended more strategic partnerships to address the challenges. Meanwhile, a report by Flying Doctors Nigeria presented at the event also recommended the adoption of healthcare innovations for employees in the oil sector.

The report is titled “The latest healthcare innovations in software, telemedicine and emergency care to keep oil and gas workers safe in their workplace”.

With a special focus on the African energy sector due to the continent`s demographic dividend and subsequent increase in energy consumption, the report also features 10 medical innovations to improve workers’ health and safety.

To back its arguments, FDN provides a comprehensive overview of industry-related data including the economic contribution of the sector to the African economies and statistics of health issues and accidents amongst oil and gas workers.

Prepared for practical use by oil and gas executives in the quest to ease access to modern healthcare innovations for their employees, the report canvases for the adoption of such innovative approaches including the embrace of electronic medical records, telemedicine, remote treatment, wearables, mental health technology, fitness tech, medical evacuation cover, remote smart clinics, international medical evacuation, advanced care ambulances and onsite medical equipment.

“The report has been vetted by top executives of leading oil, gas and energy companies in Nigeria responsible for the healthcare of their workers including Dr Mohammed Zango, Head of Medical Services, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Mr Babatunde Odemuyiwa, QHSE Manager (Nigeria and Ghana), Siemens Energy Limited; Dr Sukalyan Basu, Head of Medical Services, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals; Dr Uche Okorocha, Former Health Advisor, Sub-Saharan Africa, Schlumberger; and Dr Okuns Ohiosimuan, Corporate Medical Services Manager/CMO, Nigeria LNG.

“These experts expressed their interest in innovative technologies and reiterated their readiness to adopt medical tech novelties in their corporate practices. Some executives whose companies have already incorporated telemedicine and other digital solutions to treat workers in-house confirmed the tangible value of technologies to the bottom line,” the statement read in part.

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