600 health facilities to have internet connectivity country wide

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SMART Zambia Institute National Coordinator, Percy Chinyama has announced that the institution intends to provide 600 health facilities in the country with a Starlink satellite kits that will offer free internet connectivity and ensure effective and efficient delivery and access of health services by the public.

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Chinyama said this during the Electronic Government Division (SZI) End of year media briefing in Lusaka.

Starlink is a high-speed internet available almost anywhere on Earth and in Africa, it is only accessible in six countries with Zambia on the list.

During the briefing, Chinyama said the digitalization of health systems in the country is aimed at enhancing effective and efficient delivery of government services to people by the end of 2024.

“If the discussions with the cooperating partners go well, this number will go to 1,200. This is because of the introduction of the Electronic Health Record System (Smart Care Pro), which will have everyone’s medical history on record,” he said

Further, Chinyama noted that aside health facilities, over 500 starlink kits have also been procured and currently awaiting delivery to local authorities.

He said this development will see all Post Offices across the country to be connected to Starlink to enable the public to have free internet connectivity and access to government platforms. “In addition, all the 23 youth development centers across the country will receive a starlink kit,” Chinyama said.

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba January 2, 2024

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