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Mobile telecommunications firm Econet Wireless yesterday announced the expansion of its health services brand EcoHealth with the launch of a new service called “Dial-A-Doc”. Head of EcoHealth Dr Precious Lunga told journalists the service allowed subscribers to get affordable health services aice from professional doctors from any location where there is access to the mobile network.

“With ‘Dial-A-Doc’ you will be able to ask professional doctors at the Econet Call Centre about any topical issues and obtain medical aice 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she said.

The service costs $0,70 per minute, a price which Econet chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni described as fair when compared with other alternatives. “The issue of pricing is a sensitive one,” Mboweni said.

“As much as we would like to offer the services for free, nothing is for free.”

Mboweni said the alternative of consulting a doctor or travelling to a health institution would in some cases cost more.

Consulting private doctors costs up to $50. Dr Lunga said the Econet doctors only provided aisory services and would not write prescriptions but would refer those requiring such assistance to personally visit a doctor.

Dr Portia Manangazira, who was representing the Ministry of Health and Childcare at the event, lauded Econet’s initiative which she described as use of technology for the improvement of health service provision.

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Source : The Herald