A telemedicine network that connects 53 African nationals with a central hub of medical experts located in India has been launched at the Narayana Hrudayalaya cardiac care centre in Bangalore.

The initiative, which is part of the Indian Government’s Pan-African e-Network Project, aims to provide comprehensive telemedicine healthcare solutions for a number of sub-Saharan countries.

Narayana Hrudayalaya chairman Devi Shetty said that it will actively deliver quality healthcare solutions to the masses through Telecommunications Consultants India’s channel of connectivity.

“Using technological solutions such as the satellite link in this project, we will be able to reach some of the most remote areas to offer quick and effective healthcare solutions,” he said.

The first phase of the project will connect 11 African countries through a dedicated satellite.

The countries involved in this first stage include Ethiopia, Senegal and The Gambia.

The next two phases will add 18 more countries to the network by the end of June, with the remaining countries set to join later in the year.