The African Ministers of Health were asked by the Vice President John Dramani Mahama, on Wednesday, to define an e-health framework for purpose of reviewing policies and strategies for the achievement of major health goals that will extend beyond the Millennium Development Goals. It was mentioned that the framework was to include the needs, resources of Africa and ensure that the continent deployed e-health solutions for wellbeing of the people. This call of the Vice President was made during the opening of a two-day United Nations (UN) Africa Regional Ministerial meeting on e-Health, in Accra on Tuesday. There were over 100 participants including government ministers, health experts, policy makers, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and business representatives.
The theme of the meeting was ‘e-Health, Use of Information and Communication Technology for Health.’ the topics to be discussed comprised of the Challenge and Sustainability of e-Health in Africa, e-Health Governance, Policies, Strategies and Quality Measures, e-Health and People, Economics, Financing and Partnerships in e-Health and Mobile Communication for Health. In 2005 World Health Organisation established e-Health to strengthen patient care and health systems by harnessing the power of Information Communication Technologies. Mahama mentioned that Africa needed to take a position in the way and manner Information and Communication Technology (ICT) must be deployed. In addition he explained that e-health when systematically implemented would solve to some extent the problems of underdeveloped infrastructure and address the health and medical problems facing the people.