A 3-day Regional E-Health Hub Workshop has been organized by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for its stakeholders from Ghana and across the West African Sub-Region.
Dr. Anthony Ofosu, the Deputy Director General, indicated in his opening remarks that the health-care system faces vast challenges that will increase in the years to come. One of GHS’ core goals and priorities is to see eHealth as a critical tool for addressing the challenges. He hoped that the workshop would be the beginning of a better and more collaborative relationship with all stakeholders to achieve more in the area of eHealth.
Dr. Samuel Kaba, the Director of the Institutional Care Division (ICD) of GHS, outlined the aims and objectives of the workshop. He indicated that the workshop was aimed at bringing together policymakers, health professionals, researchers, technical professionals, and other stakeholders from Ghana and the West African subregion who play major roles in eHealth policy or implementation. The objectives, he stated, were to raise awareness of the Better eHealth project activities, disseminate the outcome of some project activities, plan activities for the Regional E-Health hub and promote knowledge exchange.
Mrs. Sophia Kesewaa read a statement on behalf of Director Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PPMED) of GHS, Dr. Alberta Adjeben Biritwum-Nyarko. She stated that the Service is working hard to achieve a timely, seamless, and comprehensive health care system, and that every effort is being made to achieve this through the use of digital health interventions across the country. She went on to say that eHealth helps achieve universal health coverage in a variety of ways, and that it is also an important resource in primary health care. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health sector is seeing rapid integration of technology to support primary health care and essential public health functions.
She concluded by stating that the workshop would build greater partnerships among health stakeholders, foster international cooperation, and allow experts in the digital health space to exchange ideas in order to improve their capacity.
Dr E.A Odame, Director PPMED of the Ministry of Health, welcomed all stakeholders present for the workshop and urged them to work towards the achievement of the aims and objectives of the Better eHealth Project.
This workshop saw speakers like Mr. Richard Okyere-Fosu, Director General of NITA, Mr. Sam Quarshie, Head of ICT GHS, Dr Mrs. Oksana Debrah, ICD, Mrs. Frances B. Da-Costa Vroom, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Mr. Kwame Asamoah of Vodafone Ghana, Mr. Dominic Atweam of WHO and Prof. Anthony K. Edusei of KNUST among others who presented on various topics.