THE United Arab Emirates Government has brought in Estonian e-Health experts to Zimbabwe as part of its commitment to improve the country’s health delivery system.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
This is the third time the UAE visited has visited Zimbabwe on health related matters with this time, the nation expected to benefit from the strong expertise of Estonia on e-health issues.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the Estonian experts will compliment the projects done in Mashonaland East province which seek to digitalise health records in hospitals.
He said this particular project involving UAE and Estonia will be piloted at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital formally known as Harare Central Hospital. A needs assessment exercise will commence soon taking six months prior to the digitilization process.
“On this occasion we are glad the team from UAE has come together with some technical partners from Estonia. They are talking of digitalizing Harare Central Hospital, Sally Mugabe Hospital to make it a fully digitalized hospital,” he said.
UAE’s Foreign Ministry director of development cooperation department Rashed Al Hemeiri said they have been working with Estonian Experts in digitizing their health systems and thought of sharing the experience with Zimbabwe.
“We are here as continuous efforts of the UAE to support the health sector in Zimbabwe. This is not the typical way of internal cooperation. We are here the UAE with Estonian delegation to come up with a triangle cooperation between UAE, Zimbabwe and Estonia. Where we think the common interest for the three countries is health sector in general in particular the digitalization of the health sector,” he said.
Estonia Director for development cooperation and humanitarian aid in the foreign affairs ministry Kadi Metsandi said they are willing to share their expertise in digitization of the country especially the health system.
“After our meeting in November with our UAE counterparts in November on areas of contribution and collaboration in Africa, we discovered Zimbabwe would do especially on the health sector,” she said.
The digitization process according to Estonian tech expert Madis Tiik will take about five years to complete. He assured that the project will have strong cyber security.