INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HEALTH LAUNCHED

By Etambuyu Katota:

The first Institute for Digital Health in Zambia has been launched.

The Institute is housed at the University Teaching Hospital -UTH in Lusaka.

Speaking during the launch of the institute, Health Minister SYLVIA MASEBO said digital health is vital to the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage.

And Ms. MASEBO said Zambia has not detected a case of the wild polio detected in Malawi but has however enhanced supplementary immunization and surveillance.

She said the first round of vaccination for children below 5 years old was conducted in Eastern, Muchinga and Lusaka provinces while the subsequent rounds in April, June and July will be conducted in all 10 provinces.

MEANWHILE, Ms. MASEBO revealed that the country has recorded one hundred and 33 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours out of 2 thousand 8 hundred and 61 tests conducted.

She noted that a slight increase in the number of cases has been recorded due to the increased laxity in adherence to the 5 golden rules.

AND US Charge D’ Affaires MARTIN DALE said the Zambian government is providing a digital health learning platform to build critical capacities in public health.

He said since 2004 the US government through PEPFAR has contributed more than 5 point 5 billion dollars towards Zambia’s national HIV response while an additional 4 hundred and 2 million dollars has been signed for 2023.

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