South Africa’s Department of Communications (DoC) has developed over 180 hospital websites in partnership with the National Department of Health and Provincial health departments. The websites are for district hospitals in seven provinces as part of the e-Connectivity Plan for Health Centres, which forms part of the DoC’s Strategic Plan. The websites seek to publicise health information for citizen empowerment country wide.
They were designed and developed by different 19 e-Cooperatives established by the Department in different provinces, to implement and promote the use and uptake of ICT tools for socio-economic development.
On 30 September Minister of Communications General (Ret) Siphiwe Nyanda will host the launch of the Hospital Websites in Bloemfontein, Free State Province. The websites will be handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
The handover will be succeeded by the launch of a documentary as well as memorial lecture on the South African Communist Party stalwart Thabo Mofutsanyane from the Free State. The documentary emanates from one of the DoC’s strategic targets – the National Digital Repository on Cultural Heritage. The strategic thrust of this initiative is to collect, capture, preserve and disseminate South Africa Culture and Heritage using modern Information and Communication Technologies
The launch of the websites emanated from the Information Society and Development Inter-Governmental Relations Forum, where the Minister of Communications meets with two MECs from each province and other senior officials to ensure ICTs are on the agenda of the Integrated Development Plans of provinces.