The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Ƙashifu Abdullahi, has lauded the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA) for developing a user-friendly mobile application that provides real-time and context-specific support for healthcare workers.
He gave the commendation when he received the agency’s executive director, Dr. Sulaiman Bashir, who led the ASPHCDA management team on a working visit to the agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja.
“I must commend Adamawa Primary Health Care Development Agency on the giant strides it recorded by developing the Digital Health Application. It is a laudable initiative.
“Innovation and capacity-building will grow the economy of our country, considering the strategies and frameworks put in place on the basics and fundamentals of research and innovation,” he said.
The NITDA boss called on the Adamawa Health Care Development Agency to key into the IT regulatory agency’s several initiatives which are in line with the Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021-2024.
He added that digital research, capacity-building and human capital are the main ingredients for growth of the digital health sector in Nigeria.
The DG expressed his excitement at the decision of the health institution to visit NITDA and sought for collaborate to fast-track the growth and development of the digital economy in Nigeria, assuring the visitors of uttermost support and collaboration in capacity-building and human development – part of the digital literacy and skills’ pillar of the SRAP.
Earlier, Bashir pointed out that the agency has done a lot in the area of developing an application device called ALMANACH, an innovative user-friendly mobile application.
“ALMANACH is installed on mobile devices and guides healthcare staff through a structured consultation to ensure that all relevant information is obtained and recorded. Also, it includes nutrition assessment and guides healthcare workers to check routing preventive action (e.g; de-worming, Vitamin A, etc). The tool ensures that health workers adhere to clinical, approved protocols.
“We have achieved a lot with the meagre resources at our disposal and we are here seeking for collaboration and support from this noble organisation in the areas of IT infrastructures and human capital development,” he added.