By Steve Umidha
Health tech company, Ilara Health has launched a readiness package that will allow Kenyan peri-urban clinics and pharmacies to be the first line of defense against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company which provides affordable diagnostic equipment to patients and healthcare providers in peri-urban areas pioneered the readiness package will include a self-assessment chatbot and clinic-based triage tools for symptom checking.
“Our Ilara Health COVID-19 readiness package is focused on protecting and preparing the small clinics we work with in usually forgotten areas, such as the peri-urban communities. Our readiness package is a fast, safe and practical solution to this epidemic that can be managed locally relieving pressure from national facilities who would struggle to cope under sustained pressure,” said Emilian Popa, CEO and Co-founder of Ilara Health.
It will also include digital symptom checkers including a COVID-19 health assessment tool and clinical decision support software.
The readiness package will prepare small first-stop health facilities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through better point of care diagnostic equipment and tools for improved clinical decision support and guidelines for self-care.
The package will also alleviate part of the burden on the national public hospital infrastructure by helping manage patient flow and promoting information transfer to minimize alarm in these peri-urban areas.
Seventy (70) percent of clinical decisions require diagnostic tests before undergoing the required, curative treatment, yet 500 million people across Sub Saharan Africa struggle to access or afford basic diagnostic services. Ilara Health partners with point of care (PoC) diagnostic device manufacturers around the world and integrates their devices into its platform, offering this package with financing to medical facilities in peri-urban areas across Africa.
In the event that the virus becomes more generalized and starts to affect peri-urban populations in large numbers, Ilara Health’s partner facilities will be ready to deploy additional tools after receiving the green light from Kenya’s Ministry of Health.