Adopt e-health, medical practitioners urged

The medical health fraternity has been urged to adopt the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in order to make the health delivery systems more accessible.

This was said by Dr Ralph Nyakabawo while addressing delegates who attended the Medical One Breakfast Meeting in the capital recently.

Dr Nyakabawo said it is imperative for all health institutions to start adopting e-health so that the provision of medical health care becomes easier.

“In this day and age where technology is evolving and where everything is now being done technologically, it is important that we as health practitioners and our health institutions move with time and start embracing the use of technology.

“E-health is growing rapidly in Zimbabwe and I will continue to urge all of you to embrace the use of ICTs for better health delivery system and disease prevention,” he said.

He added that ICTs have the  potential in helping accessibility in  the remote areas.

Dr Nyakabawo said the use of telemedicine, the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology, will help medical practitioners to attend to patients without really travelling to see the patient on location.

The  Telemedicine project, the first of its kind in the country,which been running for almost a year in Nyanga  will see the project upon registering success, spreading to the rest of the country’s remote areas.

“We are running a pilot project in Manicaland and once we are done, we will start using this modern day system.

“As we speak, mobile phones are being used in fight against HIV/AIDS, through passing of the right information to the right people which include pregnant mothers and youths,” said Dr Nyakabawo.