Joint Deal To Improve Ghana’s Health Service

Alcatel-Lucent a, UK communication organization, is partnering the Ministries of Health and Communications to implement a project on mobile application to improve healthcare delivery in Ghana.

The project, starting with diabetes, would provide faster and quality services to clients and help in combating illegal medication, enhances awareness creation on good health care and consequently reduce needless deaths.

Ms Florence Gaudry-Perkins, International Director and Public Affairs of Alcatel-Lucent, said at a stakeholder workshop on Wednesday that 19 projects would be implemented in Ghana.

She said the project, which is nation-wide and ambitious, would go a long way to overcome the challenges facing health service delivery in the country.

According to her, about four million people were affected by diabetes in Ghana, while two million more are known to have the disease with 70 per cent undiagnosed.

Ms Gaudry-Perkins said mobile application had become the most transformative technology for development, providing health solutions to millions of people and saving lives.

Ghana has been ranked as the country with the highest mobile broadband penetration in Africa, says a recent International Telecommunications Union report.

According to the “Measuring the Information Society Report” released in the last quarter of 2012, mobile broadband penetration surged from seven per cent in 2010 to 23 per cent in 2011.

The Alcatel-Lucent Director said medical doctors and allied health workers would undergo systematic training to sharpen their skills on usage of the technology for efficient service delivery.