Telemedicine

Telemedicine Centre Inaugurated in Yaounde (Cameroon)

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Information and communication technologies (ICT) have been recognised in the past decades as an essential tool for the scientific, economic and social development of a country. In the health sector these technologies have proven to be a significant factor for an effective and comprehensive planning, management and estimation of healthcare. The increased development of and use of these technologies in health delivery systems in the industrialised countries led to an improvement of the quality of service, security as well as to cost reduction for patients. It is for this reason that a centre for Francophone African Network for Telemedicine (RAFT UNFM) was inaugurated at the Yaounde central Hospital yesterday. The ceremony equally marked the launching of the Cameroonian First Day of Medical Informatics known by its French acronym as (JCIM). Organised by the Yaounde Central Hospital, under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Health, the event brought together representatives of partner ministries, the diplomatic corps as well as directors and provincial delegates of Public Health in the country. Out of 11 countries, Cameroon was chosen to host the headquarters of the network for telemedicine in the Central African sub region and to enter into the international numerical world. Speaking during the occasion, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health, Fru Angwafo III, said the collaboration between RAFT and UNFM is an important asset in the long and short run for the development of telemedicine in Cameroon. The Secretary General said the Ministry of Public Health encourages such cooperation which is susceptible to solve problems of initial training and permanent training of hospital staff, improve the quality of health of the population and to promote research. He exhorted the authorities of the Yaounde Central Hospital to ensure the security of the centre and its equipment and to also make good use of such equipment as this will be the best form of gratitude to sponsors. It is the wish of the Secretary General to see the activities of the telemedicine centre spread to other hospitals in the country.

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