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Taking on COVID-19 in Africa
Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant was first reported as a new variant to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24th, 2021, with the first specimens identified in Botswana and then in South Africa. This variant has quickly spread across Africa, with Ghana among first 4 countries affected by the variant.
The emergence and rapid spread of new variants in Africa, where vaccination rates remain far below industrialized nations, calls for renewed focus and resources to restrain the spread.
DirectDoc aims to assist in the global COVID strategy by providing, doctors, patients, and researchers tools necessary to understand the spread and provide treatments. With EMR and telemedicine capacities, DirectDoc facilitates the rapid identification, treatment, and research of patients affected by COVID-19 in Africa.
We aim to partner with public health officials to allow consenting patients to share data of COVID infections and exposures. Such data can help public health officials effectively quarantine and distribute resources effectively.
Doctors have ability to input vaccination status for patients, allowing patients to validate vaccination status across different regions and services.
Consenting patients have ability to share personal health data to public health officials, allowing for research and planning activities related to viral spread.
As physicians in Ghana and the United States, we are committed to supporting public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious agents throughout Africa. Through partnerships with patients, local physicians, governmental, and non-governmental stakeholders, we leverage our collective resources to ensure patients have equitable care during this global pandemic. To learn how you can support our mission, follow the link below:
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