By Staff Reporter
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has this Tuesday officially launched the Integrated Health Situation Room, a facility that seeks to capture data, which can be used to combat the HIV/AIDS scourge and Malaria disease.
In a speech read on his behalf by vice president, Inonge Wina, President Lungu said the Health Integrated Situation Room would support the monitoring of the 90-90-90 treatment fast track targets in ending AIDS by 2030, a vision that is in line with Zambia’s National AIDS Strategic framework and other critical Health areas.
The 90-90-90, is an ambitious treatment target to help end the the AIDS epidemic. By 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
“The Integrated Health Situation Room will empower Zambia’s Ministry of Health and National Partners to put their data to work using intuitive, collaborative features,” Zambia’s Head of State said.
The Integrated Health Situation Room will also enable planners, policy makers, programmers and coordinators to identify gaps where efforts need to be intensified.
“The Integrated Health Situation promotes the integration of information, offering dynamic and updated diagnoses of population health, allowing the preparation of plans and programmes consistent with the needs identified to promote the improvement of health information systems.”
“It also enables the practical results of the application of public health policies and is part of the scope that the various experiences experienced in the Situation Room of Health have shown in various locations” said the president.
President Lungu said the Situation Room of Health, comes as a tool to promote the use of health information for decision-making, since it is a work proposal that facilitates the task of analysing health data and links it to the management of government’s health framework.
“The situation room is a computerised tool, which integrates the major health information systems, produces a set of selected indicators that will be evident through the use of evaluative colours while the degree of deviation from official parameters is also considered,” concluded the Head of State.