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Amuru Gets Digital Kits for Cross-Border Disease Surveillance

Amuru district has received from the Health Ministry a range of digital information technology (IT) equipment to strengthen the government’s disease surveillance and collaborative efforts against health crises at international cross-border points.

The equipment comprises of desktop computers, laptops, tablets, uninterrupted power supplies and extensions.

The equipment are to be stationed at Elegu, Bibia and Atiak Health Centre IV in Amuru District. 

Other international cross-border points to receive the digital information technology (IT) equipment include Busia, Malaba and Masafu Hospital.

The assorted IT equipment, valued at Euros 62,000 (approximately 262.4 million Shillings), was donated to the Ministry by the European Union (EU) in partnership with the German government under the “EU Digital Solutions to Strengthen Disease Surveillance and Monitoring Systems for COVID-19” project.

This project is being implemented by GIZ, a German development agency.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero, the Minister for Health, emphasized that the equipment will address the inadequacies in ICT tools needed by frontline health workers to conduct surveillance and share cross-border health data, thereby reducing the public’s vulnerability to disease transmission.

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