SA hospitals get websites

2010-09-30 21:26

Bloemfontein - Websites of about 180 hospitals were handed to the department of health on Thursday after being developed by youths trained by the department of communication.

Deputy Communications Minister Dina Pule said the 180 hospital websites in seven provinces were of great significance.

"The websites are part of a greater ultimate vision to capacitate government institutions like hospitals and schools to eventually become fully e-government-enabled."

Pule said the websites were also a step closer for hospitals in sharing its skills and expertise between institutions.

She said proper working hospitals in urban areas would be able to share online more readily their intellectual skills and other capacities with poorly resourced hospitals in rural areas.

The development of the websites by the department of communications in collaboration with the health department had two aims.

It would help the health sector inform the public on information on health related issues and the services that was provided by the hospital.

Another objective was to help the development of youth-owned and managed e-co-operatives in terms of government's aims in job creation and poverty alleviation.

All hospitals to get websites

The communications department said the website project for both hospitals and municipalities had created 35 e-co-operatives.

Pule said all hospitals in the country would get a website by the end of the next financial year.

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda acknowledged that not many poor and rural people had access to the internet to get access to the hospital websites.

Speaking to journalists, Nyanda said government was nevertheless busy in a programme to build telecentres to address access to the internet in rural areas.

Nyanda said that at many schools computers had already been installed and could be an access point onto the hospital websites.

Pule said hospital management would be responsible for updating information on the websites to make sure up to date and relevant information would be available on a daily basis.

The e-co-operatives have only a six months contract to manage the websites.

After this the hospital management would have to decide how to use and manage the website themselves.