Ugandan Ministry of Health introduces telemedicine

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The ministries of health and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are introducing telemedicine to extend quality health care services to rural areas. "Telemedicine is an important tool for providing healthcare services," said ICT minister, Dr. Ham Mulira.

He was speaking during a telemedicine sensitisation workshop at Hotel Africana in Kampala last week. The project is being implemented through the ICT ministry's Rural Communications Development Fund.

The fund's director, Bob Lyazi, said district officers will be able to exchange information with the main server at the health ministry. "Referrals that originally required ambulances especially in remote areas will now be done through the computer,"said Lyazi. "Soon, we shall procure and install the relevant infrastructure and hand over the project to the health ministry in 2012," he added.

Primary health care state minister, Dr. Emmanuel Otaala, said the equipment at Mulago will link the country's largest health facility to Indian hospitals to share information on open-heart surgery.

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