How Instant Mobile Services have Changed Nigeria’s Healthcare Game

Around 12,000 students are enrolled in Nigeria’s nursing schools each year. As it is in many health professions, these students often find it challenging after graduation when they search for and start their first job. They feel unprepared and have difficulties to put their knowledge from school into practice. Researchers have found that tools such as WhatsApp groups can be a source of learning. In addition, they permit togetherness of geographically distant professionals. The increasing use of WhatsApp by health professionals in Nigeria and elsewhere carries, however, considerable risks that also need to be considered. These include issues like the protection of privacy of both the health care provider and the patient and circulation of incorrect information.

SOURCE: THE CONVERSATION

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