UVA Student Aims To Pursue Medicine On Both Sides Of The Atlantic
If Ted Obi has his way, the taxed healthcare system in rural Ghana will be streamlined by a telemedicine program conceived at the University of Virginia
The fourth-year student traveled to Koforidua, a rural community in Ghana, last summer with a team of UVA students. Funded by the Center for Global Health and the Parents Fund, Obi and the group, with project leader Emmanual Abebrese, a third-year UVA medical student, spent seven weeks in Ghana.
“Our research objective was to assess the feasibility of establishing a telemedicine platform in Koforidua, Ghana,” Obi said. “Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis of patients with the use of telecommunication technology like Facetime.” While not a new concept, this specialized version of telemedicine would be unique to Ghana.
here is a shortage of doctors in the West African country because many leave the country for better paying jobs. Because of this, patients are often faced with the difficult decision of waiting long hours to get health care or delaying treatment so they can continue to work and earn money for their families.
Obi, who is in the psychology distinguished majors program, and his partners spent two weeks at a regional hospital, where they spoke with patients outside a waiting room.
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