Telemedicine links Galapagos to mainland

The Equinoctial Technology University in Ecuador opened a telemedicine centre, which will use satellite connections to provide better healthcare to and train medical staff in remote areas like the Galapagos Islands. The new centre will also offer long-distance training for health staff and will eventually provide coverage nationally. The university has invested US$250,000 in equipment, and the Ecuadorian air force has granted three hours of free satellite access a day, two for patient care and one for training, which will save the university around US$10,000 a month. The project is supported by US-based University of New Mexico.


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