The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba, has praised the automation of government systems for improving delivery of services to the Ugandan population.
While opening the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) Masaka Branch on Thursday, Nabakooba said her Ministry has been working hard on several fronts to improve service delivery through automation of Government operations to deliver e-services to the citizens.
To achieve this, she said, Government is utilizing the National Optical Fiber Cable Backbone installed along all highways to Kampala to connect Government offices to the internet to ensure automation within Government.
“The Government of Uganda through NITA-U successfully completed the implementation of 4 phases of the NBI project which connected 49 districts, 609 Government offices. For example, Masaka Refferal hospital which we connected under phase 3 of this project has been able to apply tele-medicine which involves getting treatment from specialized doctors in a different location and they are able to carry out research through this service,” said Nabakooba.
“They also automated patient records through the Integrated Health Management system. We are now implementing the Last Mile Connectivity Project aimed at further expanding the coverage of the NBI through laying of approximately 732km of fiber optic cable and connecting an additional 700 sites to the NBI with an additional 300 Wi-Fi Hotspots,” she added.
So far, a cumulative total of 350 out of 700 sites including but not limited to Local Governments entities, hospitals, schools, universities, among others have been connected under the Last Mile Project.
In Masaka, Nabakooba said, they have connected 14 Government entities to the National Backbone.
These include; Bank of Uganda, Electoral Commission, NSSF, NIRA, NWSC, URA, NFA, Blood Bank, Kitovu Referral hospital, Kitovu hospital, Microfinance Support Center, Nkozi University Maska branch and Marie Stopes Clinic.
“People of Masaka, the purpose of these connections is to ensure that you receive services in an effective and transparent way. Uganda is now a fully-fledged communications hub with the seven major border posts of Uganda with its neighboring countries all connected to the NBI, further strengthening regional ties,” she said.