Every Department in Pakistan is trying to enhance their Performances by incorporating technology. Just recently Minister for Health and Population Welfare, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho announced Costed Implementation Plan/FP 2020. It is a family planning program built in collaboration with the Population Welfare Department Sindh. It aims at providing Lady Health Workers in Sindh with around 4,253 smartphones to enhance their performance but also to keep check and balance.
Now Lady Health Workers in Sindh will Use Mobile for Ensuring Better Health to People
The MOU signing ceremony was held between the Costed Implementation Plan, Population Welfare Department and TEXT with an aim to develop and implement family planning in Pakistan and also to improve the performance of Lady health workers and health supervisors with the implementation of software. Lady Health Workers will be trained before via Lady Health Workers Program.
Dr Pechuho enlightened that this is the peak time to use modern technology to enhance the performance. She also said that without using the technology one cannot achieve the goal.
The MoU was signed by Cheif Executive of Text, Rahim Lalani, and Dr Talib Lashari, Technical Adviser of CIP/Population Welfare Department Sindh. It was briefed in the ceremony that for the welfare of Lady health workers in Sindh, a mobile application/ software database is in progress which will lead to enhanced services to the citizens. It was also revealed that Initially the Mobile Application will be implemented in Tando Muhammad Khan and Shaheed Benazirabad and later on it will be spread in the other Districts of Sindh.
The monitoring and evaluation system for the lady health workers would be launched in those districts where the performance is not satisfactory. Through smartphones, not only the movements of the staff will be checked but the photos of every vaccine/ Training will be sent to the monitoring room which will be established in the Minister’sOffice or the office of the Health Secretary as required.
In the last two decades, the healthcare system has been under drastic revolution to widen the scope of health surveillance and the provision of health care services to the public. Social welfare
states have been at the forefront of this health initiative. The ubiquitous availability of Information and Telecommunication technology everywhere in the world has introduced a
trend of using the same for easy access to health care services. Use of ICTs in the health sector has resulted in coining new terms like eHealth and mHealth.