TANZANIA DELEGATION VISITS THE NATIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE ON TELEMEDICINE

Management of the National Ambulance Service on Monday the 3rd September 2018, had the privilege of hosting representatives from Tanzania’s ministry of Health who were on a three day visit to Ghana to understudy the implementation of telemedicine in the country. The team which was headed by Dr. Dorothy O. Gwajima (Ag. Director Curative Services) met with management of the National Ambulance Service to deliberate on the role of the National Ambulance Service in the implementation of telemedicine, the challenges and lessons acquired in the pilot process of the strategy.

Background

The ministry of health in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service understanding the contribution of technology in improving access to health care in Ghana especially in rural and hard to reach areas adopted Telemedicine as one of the technological advancement strategies to improve access to health care for the people of Ghana.

Technology as seen is fast evolving and has taken the front seat in many nations’ development strategies. Undoubtedly, most developed countries thrive on investments in technological advancement in manufacturing, Agriculture, construction, transportation, health sectors etc. to bring major reforms and transformations in their economy.

Having implemented this approach on pilot basis in several regional and district hospitals over the country, there was the need to incorporate the National Ambulance Service into the system of providing health care to patients.

The role of the National Ambulance Service in the implementation of Telemedicine was explained by the Head of IT Department, Mr. Edmund Boateng. This role he explained is to provide transportation of the sick from their places of distress once the condition is above the capability of the TCC and will need immediate emergency transport.

The team spent time interacting on the current state of emergency preparedness in both countries and expressed their desire to strengthen the collaboration between both countries.