HITA Calls On Health Minister

Ghana: Health Care Information Technology for Africa (HITA), a foreign Non-Governmental Organisation based in Germany, yesterday, paid a courtesy call on Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo, Deputy Minister for Health (MOH). The visit was held as part of efforts to improve health care delivery and educational system in the country by using new technology to improve the education of nurses in rural areas.

The Head of the Executive Committee of HITA, Mr Thomas Erkert, indicated that HITA is a charity organisation which aimed to promote Health Care Information Technology for rural areas in Ghana and Africa by using new Information Technology through mobile phone based learning, knowledge transfer system for nurses and midwives in rural areas, through the Educational Facility and Research Institute Telemedicine Centre.

In his remarks, the Deputy Minister disclosed that to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Ministry has instituted radical measures to increase the intake of students to the MOH health training institutions in the country.

According to the Minister, the availability of well-resourced computer centres in the training institutions and health facilities with high speed internet access will make teaching and learning materials more reachable to students and will give the opportunity for institutions in remote sites to benefit from lecturers in more endowed areas as well as give opportunities to students to communicate and share ideas with their counterparts across the world.

He added that with the rapid advancement in computer technology and its application in health, the increase in familiarity of both practitioners and trainees with technology will help ensure rapid integration into the Ghana health sector which is expected to go a long way to improve the prevention and management of disease.

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He expressed gratitude to HITA for their support and promised that the Ministry on its part will do its best to facilitate the programme.

Source: ISD (Nancy Krampah & Benjamin Amaning) http://www.ghana.gov.gh

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