Zim­babwe to ex­plore na­tional telemedicine project

BioSpectrum (India) - - WORLD NEWS -

The Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe is cur­rently test­ing a na­tional telemedicine project. 12 health fa­cil­i­ties have been mo­bi­lized- Mt Mel­laray, Nya­faro, Ngorima, Nya­hode, Nyanyadzi, Chako­hwa, Avila, Fombe, Ny­atate, Muchadziya, Tombo and Chi­man­i­mani. These clin­ics have been linked to Nyanga and Mu­tam­bara Mis­sion District and Mutare and Parireny­atwa Ref­er­ence Hos­pi­tals. The aim of the project is to im­prove the cov­er­age of ru­ral ar­eas with qual­ity health ser­vices. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies and Cy­ber Se­cu­rity, the na­tional telemedicine project is jointly funded by the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice Fund man­aged by the Zim­babwe

Post and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (POTRAZ) – to which tele­com op­er­a­tors con­trib­ute 3 per cent of their an­nual rev­enue, and the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union (ITU). The Na­tional Ex­per­i­men­tal Telemedicine Project is an am­bi­tion of Zim­babwe’s Na­tional Health Strat­egy (2016-2020), which aims for uni­ver­sal cov­er­age of the pop­u­la­tion in qual­ity health ser­vices in or­der to re­duce the im­pact of com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases on health.

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