MESTI launches project to develop health information mobile app

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MESTI launches project to develop health information mobile app

The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI) has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative to develop mobile applications aimed at disseminating health information across Ghana. Dubbed the ‘MESTI mHealth' project, this collaborative effort with the Colleges of Science and Health Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology () aims to advance the nation's progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) three, which focuses on ensuring good health and well-being for all citizens, particularly those in marginalized and underserved communities.

Dr. Rose-Mary Gyening, the Principal Investigator of the project, unveiled the initiative during an inception workshop in , highlighting its potential to contribute to poverty reduction and address climate-related health conditions. Central to the project is the development of a mobile application with innovative features and functionalities designed to revolutionize healthcare delivery in Ghana.

Dr. Gyening explained that the MESTI mHealth app will serve as a comprehensive platform for data collection, analysis, forecasting, and disease prevention. Users will be able to input symptoms, receive medication reminders, and access vital health information in real time. The app will also incorporate language translation capabilities to ensure accessibility for all segments of the Ghanaian population, including those in remote and underserved areas.

The application will be divided into two components: one for the general populace and another tailored specifically for medical professionals. Additionally, the project will facilitate virtual consultations, further enhancing healthcare access and delivery nationwide.

Professor Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of , hailed the launch of the MESTI Mobile Health Application Project as a significant step towards improving healthcare access for underserved communities. She emphasized the critical role of technology in addressing everyday challenges and urged stakeholders to ensure the initiative's success and long-term impact on individuals' lives.

The unveiling of the MESTI mHealth project marks a pivotal moment in Ghana's healthcare landscape, signalling a concerted effort to leverage technology for the benefit of all citizens and bridge existing gaps in healthcare access and delivery.

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