The insurance Brokerage firm, Minet Kenya partnered with SASAdoctor virtual medical clinic to launch a telemedicine solution that is currently providing online live video medical consultation services for patients.
The launch came in the wake of the government’s directive to maintain social distancing as one of the ways of curbing the spread of COVID-19. The product brought a new awakening in Kenya’s health sector on using technology to dispense products and services.
“The telemedicine solution provides the ideal means to offer certain types of patient care for our employees and clients during this period of Coronavirus pandemic. We are hopeful that the services offered will play a vital role in preventing the spread of novel Coronavirus,” Minet Kenya Chief Executive Officer Sammy Muthui said during the launch.
“The partnership also guarantees members access to online doctors at a highly discounted consultation fee, thus conserving member benefits for longer,” Mr. Muthui added.
Through the partnership, Minet employees and selected clients will have access to qualified medical specialists remotely, thereby minimizing traffic to healthcare centers and other medical facilities.
The service is patients at any given time of the day with designated pharmacies and follow-ups for members with chronic conditions. There will be access to designated laboratory sample collection points with concierge services and medication at discounted rates of 15 percent to 25 percent off retail prices, delivered to the homes of the patients.
Among the ailments that will be treated through the virtual clinic include; gastrointestinal infections, depression and anxiety, menstrual problems, STIs, chronic conditions like diabetes & high blood pressure, colds and coughs as well as skin and eye infections.
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of Kenyans visiting health facilities for other forms of ailments has dropped. Most Kenyans are keeping off hospitals for fear of being tested and found with Covid-19. Telemedicine services are helping the majority of them get health assistance from their homes.