The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) recently signed a cooperation agreement to extend telemedicine services to rural and remote clinics and hospitals in Zimbabwe.

Through the new project, the Ministry of ICT Postal and Courier Services of Zimbabwe will receive assistance from the ITU to develop policies and regulations in the eHealth sector.

The telemedicine network based at Parirenyatwa General Hospital in the country’s capital city, Harare, will be extended to provincial, district and rural health centres and clinics in order to improve access and delivery of medical services to the population in remote and rural areas.

“This agreement reinforces our commitment to work with Member States to harness the power of ICT to provide practical solutions to attain sustainable development,” said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao.

“In the rapidly expanding digital economy, ICT is transforming people’s lives by improving their access to education, healthcare and government services,” said ITU’s Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou.

“By integrating ICT into its health delivery system, Zimbabwe will empower physicians and health facilities to expand their reach for the benefit of everyone, particularly the most disadvantaged,” added Sanou.

Acting Director General of POTRAZ, Baxton Sirewu, said: “ICT has become a vital component in Zimbabwe’s overall development objectives. The telemedicine project is a step towards safeguarding the welfare, prosperity and enduring happiness of all our citizens.”

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