Friday, January 24, 2020

Health: digitization of the Cameroon's health system will cost the total of 11 billion

The document was adopted on January 16, 2020 in Yaoundé. It was during a meeting chaired by the Minister of Public Health, Malachie Manaouda.

Estimated at 11,327,570,000 FCFA for a period of 5 years, the National Digital Health Strategic Plan (PSNSN 2020-2024) is divided into several strategic areas, namely: leadership and governance, legislation, policies and compliance, human resources, strategy and investments, services and applications, infrastructures, standards and interoperability. 

“This plan proposes to provide an effective response to the main difficulties we face, in particular the still insufficient geographic coverage of the care offer; difficult access to health care and services; poor compliance with treatment protocols; insufficient capacity building of staff; the disparity in costs of care; the poor availability of quality health data for informed decision-making and so on. In addition, this digital conversion of our health system should serve as a technical basis for the effective, operational and controlled deployment of Universal Health Coverage, "explains the Minister of Public Health, Malachie Manaouda, in the columns of the daily Mutations edition of Monday January 20, 2020.

For MINSANTE, the deployment of the PSNSN should allow our country “to meet the health needs of the population and the improvement of living conditions through access to the best health care; to guarantee patients the right decisions about their state of health and to enjoy effective, efficient and personalized health care; to boost universal health coverage which will contribute to better patient care and better surveillance of emerging diseases ”. 

As a reminder, digital health is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a fundamental element of health systems to achieve the objectives of sustainable development, universal health coverage, health promotion and prevention infectious diseases. According to Malachie Manaouda, "it aims to improve the accessibility and quality of health care and services through the use of digital technologies that promote innovation, dematerialization, interconnection and speed."