The National Tuberculosis Control Programme has partnered with Airtel Ghana to carry out a population based survey in assessing tuberculosis disease prevalence in Ghana.
Speaking in a brief meeting with Airtel Officials, Dr. Frank Addae Bonsu, Programme Manager for the National Tuberculosis Control Programme, explained that the main objective of the survey is to gain a better understanding of the burden of disease caused by Tuberculosis in Ghana and to identify ways by which TB control can be improved.
He said that they were using the E-Medicine procedure which was strictly internet based and it is the first of its kind in Africa. According to him the program is currently training representatives from over 20 African countries to enable them migrate from analogue to digital since Ghana is the only country using the digital procedure.
Mr. Donald Gwira Head of Corporate Communications at Airtel who did the presentation said he was happy that Airtel was involved in this survey to facilitate the quick dissemination of information through its 3.75G broadband network which will be a huge benefit to the 65,000 people targeted for the survey.
Dr. Frank Bonsu again added, “through the survey we would be able to tackle high risk groups so that we can come up with ways of containing and managing the highly contagious disease. Digital chest x-ray images would be transmitted via internet to a central reading point for real time reading and diagnosis of images”. He described Airtel’s partnership as indeed worthy and urged other corporate bodies to emulate.
Submitted by: Airtel Ghana