Accra, Dec. 31, GNA - Airtel Business, the enterprise solutions sub brand of Airtel Ghana is headline sponsor for the 67th Annual Year School scheduled for January 10 – January 14 2016.
A statement issued in Accra by Mr Richard Ahiagble, Head of Corporate Communications and copied to the Ghana News Agency said this was announced at the official launch of the event at the University of Ghana, Legon and is the third consecutive year the Telecom brand of the year is sponsoring the event.
It said the launch is on the theme: Promoting Universal Health for Sustainable Development in Ghana: Is Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) the Game Changer?”
The New Year school would bring together a cross section of Ghanaians, policy makers and business leaders to discuss pertinent issues of national and international interest.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Ahiagble said: “Technology has transformed the way we live, work and interacts with each other.
“What is possible today, through the power of technology was unimaginable 10 years ago. Today, we talk about the internet of things as devices are increasingly becoming digitised and powered by data to make our lives easier.”
He said the same opportunities exist for the healthcare systems “and the time to fully harness the power of technology to transform data collection, access and dissemination in our healthcare system is now”.
Mr Ahiagble indicated that Airtel Business has entered into a five- year strategic partnership with the University of Ghana as lead sponsor of the New Year School.
“Airtel has been in the forefront of digital innovation in Ghana developing products and services to enrich the lives of our customers and to empower them to fully utilise the enormous opportunities available in our highly digitize world.
“For instance, Airtel Business, our end to end solutions for enterprises has unparalleled communications, connectivity and collaborative solutions to meet every business need conceivable including in the health sector where we offer dedicated internet to health centres.
Wide Area Network Solutions to link health centers with affiliates of laboratories, pharmacies and diagnostic centres together; in sharing and transferring patient data in a secure environment and in real-time. This solution ensures efficiency in healthcare delivery.”
Professor Oheneba-Sakyi, Dean of the School of Continuing and Distance Education, College of Education, University of Ghana, said: “Stakeholders in health sector must fully utilize ICT to bridge the gap between health providers and patients to make healthcare delivery truly universal and accessible.
“I want to commend Airtel Ghana for partnering with the College as lead sponsor.”
Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Dean of the School of Information and Communications Studies, who chaired the launch, lauded Airtel Ghana for supporting the New Year school and for providing solutions to improve healthcare delivery in the country.
The Annual New Year School, since its inception in 1949, has been the platform and a place where many Ghanaians of all walk of life congregate and deliberate on issues of national importance.
As the lead sponsors of the Annual New Year School, Airtel Business would provide the participants at the conference with free Wi-Fi.