Zambia’s first lady punts ICT in health
GOVERNMENT| Oct. 15, 2012, 8:44 p.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Zambia first lady, Dr. Christine Kaseba, says computerising the health system in Zambia will boost the country’s socio-economic growth.
Dr Kaseba said having an advanced health system in place improves record keeping of information about patients.
The Zambia News and Information Services (Zanis), a government owned news agency, reports from Japan that Kaseba said this when she visited the Keio University and School of Medicine in Tokyo this week.
Her visit is an invitation from the Keio University and School of Medicine, which is a private medical institution in Japan.
Kaseba also recognised the need to have more improved health infrastructure which she described as a priority for the country’s development.
She noted that such development increases both the admission of students in the medical school and boosts employment levels among young people.
The Zambian government is planning to approve an e-health system in a bid to achieve reforms and fulfill the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health by 2015.
Through the Ministry of Health, the Zambian government said it would adopt new methodologies and approaches to manage provisions of health services imperative to the growth of the health sector.
The Zambian government through the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is already using the SMS technology to relay HIV tests results for infants, allowing for an early treatment of those found to be living with HIV.
Electronic and mobile phone technology has proven to be efficient in health service delivery, according to the Zambian government.
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