The Nigerian Journal of General Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 50--53

The use of telemedicine in mitigating the effects of reduced antenatal care visits during the COVID-19 infection lockdown in Nigeria


Ikechukwu Innocent Mbachu1, Samson Dayo Ejikunle2, Chioma Ngozichukwu Pauline Mbachu3, Jude Ehiabhi Okohue4, Osita Samuel Umeononihu1, Chukwuemeka Ojiyi5, Hilary Obiagwu6, Marcel Chukwuemeka Ukah7, Ihechinyerem Kelechi Osuagwu8 
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Imo State University, Orlu Campus, Nigeria
3 Department of Paediatrics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers State, Nigeria
5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Awka Campus, Nigeria
6 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
7 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reddington Multispecialty Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
8 Medical Centre, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Ikechukwu Innocent Mbachu
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus, Anambra State
Nigeria

Aims and Objectives: The study evaluated the use of telemedicine in the management of pregnant women during the COVID-19 in Nigeria. Subjects and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among medical practitioners that care for pregnant women and a self-administered online questionnaire (google form) was used to obtain relevant information from the respondents. Data were analyzed using Stata software version 16. Results: A total of 138 medical practitioners participated in the study. The mean age of the participants was 41.30± 7.5 years. Seventy (51.47%) work in national public tertiary health institutions while 27(19.85%) work in-state public tertiary and 19(13.97%) in private specialist hospitals. There was a significant reduction in the number of patients seen during the period when compared to the number before the pandemic(p=0.013). Fifty-one (36.96%) of the medical practitioners said they practiced telemedicine, with the majority 41(80.39%) using audio calls. Conclusion: The use of telemedicine was poor among the medical practitioners despite the drop in antenatal attendance.


How to cite this article:
Mbachu II, Ejikunle SD, Pauline Mbachu CN, Okohue JE, Umeononihu OS, Ojiyi C, Obiagwu H, Ukah MC, Osuagwu IK. The use of telemedicine in mitigating the effects of reduced antenatal care visits during the COVID-19 infection lockdown in Nigeria.Niger J Gen Pract 2021;19:50-53


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Mbachu II, Ejikunle SD, Pauline Mbachu CN, Okohue JE, Umeononihu OS, Ojiyi C, Obiagwu H, Ukah MC, Osuagwu IK. The use of telemedicine in mitigating the effects of reduced antenatal care visits during the COVID-19 infection lockdown in Nigeria. Niger J Gen Pract [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Sep 28 ];19:50-53
Available from: https://www.njgp.org/article.asp?issn=1118-4647;year=2021;volume=19;issue=2;spage=50;epage=53;aulast=Mbachu;type=0