High-speed in­ter­net rev­o­lu­tionises medicine in re­mote Van­u­atu Vil­lage

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Port Vila: The ar­rival of a high-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion in an iso­lated Van­u­atu vil­lage prom­ises to make the chal­lenges of re­mote health­care a thing of the past.

Un­til re­cently, res­i­dents of the re­mote vil­lage of Nav­iso, in Van­u­atu, had to hike an hour up a moun­tain just to get mo­bile phone re­cep­tion. And pa­tients need­ing emer­gency med­i­cal treat­ment had to be car­ried by stretcher up the 500-me­tre in­cline and across Maewo is­land to the near­est hos­pi­tal. But the ar­rival of a high-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion — and the coun­try’s first telemedicine sys­tem con­nect­ing re­mote nurses to physi­cians — means these chal­lenges could soon be a thing of the past. Ra­dio Aus­tralia

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