Hospitals being connected via optical fibre
KABUL (PAN): Healthcare centres across the country would be connected with each other and international hospitals through optical fibre to improve health services delivery, officials said on Saturday.
To the effect, an agreement was signed between the Ministries of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Public Health (MoPH).
Under the agreement, the project would be completed over the next three years at a cost of $4 million to be provided by the Afghanistan Telecommunications Regularity Authority (ATRA).
Communications and IT minister Amirzai Sangin on the occasion said the new project was yet another step to improve communications and electronic-government affairs.
“Our objective is to deliver quality health services through the information technology. When hospitals are connected, all doctors and health workers will be able to access international health centres for information,” he said.
He added the second objective behind the project was to extend telemedicine system to remote areas where doctors could not go and they would prescribe and take care of their patients from major cities.
Public health minister Dr. Suraya Dalil said initially 15 hospitals in Kabul would be connected to each other, a process that would be gradually expanded to other provinces.
A total of 78 hospitals and health institutes would be linked over the next three years, she said.
The Karachi-based Agha Khan Hospital in Pakistan would also be connected with the system to enable health experts in Afghanistan and Pakistan to confer on health related issues.
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