Head of EcoHealth Dr Precious Lunga

Head of EcoHealth Dr Precious Lunga

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ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe today launched an emergency service , Dial-a-Doc, that affords subscribers access to medical advice and information via mobile phones.

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The mobile telecommunications giant is rolling out value added services in order to augment traditional revenue streams from voice and Short Message Services (SMS).

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In essence, the service collapses the brick-and-mortar consultations of current medical services.

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Through Dial-a-Doc, Econet subscribers are connected directly to trained medical doctors at Econet’s call centre.

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The service functions as an initial advisory service upon which reference to relevant practitioners for further examination may be recommended.

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Prescriptions will, however, not be provided via the platform.

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Econet chief executive Mr Douglas Mboweni said local companies should invest in services and products that improve the lives of Zimbabweans.

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And easy access to information on health matters, he said, is one such step.

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“We cannot leave the responsibility to foreigners alone; we should take the leading role in investing in our economy. For every need we identify in society, we should provide a solution,” said Mr Mboweni.

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Head of EcoHealth Dr Precious Lunga added innovation remains key in building health standards.

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“Dial-a-Doc breaks the barrier: be it on time, place and even money when one has a medical emergency and requires information instantly,” she said.

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Consultations presently cost US70cents per minute, while consulting a doctor is more than US$15

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