GABORONE – Botswana government launched the initiative to digitise its healthcare services on Tuesday under the hashtag “Go Digital Health” as the southern African nation embrace the tech revolution.
At the launch ceremony, Sethomo Lelatisitswe, the acting minister of health for Botswana, declared, “Today we are showing the whole world that we are now completely in digitalization mode.”
Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti is currently in the United States of America (USA) accompanying President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi.
Dikoloti will be back in office on 8 March 2023, according to information provided by the ministry.
Lelatisitswe said it is crucial to use technology to give patients timely treatments because delaying care may result in disease progression and even mortality for the patient.
Paper-based medical cards are anticipated to disappear as electronic medical data are developed. He also said that the technology would be put into use in every clinic in the nation.
The Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2020-2030 was introduced by the African Union (AU) in an effort to help its countries, including Botswana, digitize their services by the year 2030.
Lelatisitswe outline the digital health challenges which Botswana has faced including fragmented systems across health sectors, cultural misalignment between ICT and healthcare providers.
He also emphasised on inadequate leadership and governance structures affecting uptake, weak internet bandwidth and coverage especially for public sectors as other obstacles for digital health drive.
The deputy minister said that COVID-19 presented opportunities for “improved data collection, exchange and interoperability” for the health sector of Botswana.