Zambia – Using a Blackberry phone for quick diagnosis

I had a rare privilege to meet a senior consultant at the University Teaching Hospital Internet café to view his correspondence with his junior doctor from Nangoma  a rural Hospital 250 km. from Lusaka

I viewed two cases: a snake bite and bullet wound. Both cases were captured on a Blackberry phone by the doctor in Nangoma and the images sent as attachments. The senior consultant viewed them and provided his expert advice on what to do in the management of wounds with suggestions on possible drugs to administer according to the questions raised by the sender.

The consultant opened the images using yahoo email in the internet café. The images are so clear. The only concern is that an Internet connection is needed  However, communication is very straightforward, only a few lines of not more than 20 words carries the intended message and response.

Kenneth L. Chanda, Lusaka, Zambia

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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