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UCC to give out sh2b equipment

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th December 2007 03:00 AM

THE Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to spend $1.23m (about sh2b) on a new project. The project will involve installation of computer laboratories and provision of 800 computers to 80 government secondary schools and 43 computers to health centres.

THE Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to spend $1.23m (about sh2b) on a new project. The project will involve installation of computer laboratories and provision of 800 computers to 80 government secondary schools and 43 computers to health centres.

By David Muwanga

THE Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to spend $1.23m (about sh2b) on a new project. The project will involve installation of computer laboratories and provision of 800 computers to 80 government secondary schools and 43 computers to health centres.

“Between now and June next year, we are to spend $1.23m (about sh2b) on setting up computer laboratories for the 80 schools and give two computers to each health centre with Internet connectivity,” the commission’s executive director, Patrick Masambu, said.

“This is to be done in the first phase. The second phase will include connecting the health centres to the health ministry’s information management system and introducing tele-medicine,” Masambu said at the opening of workshop at Hotel Africana.

He said in the second phase, the schools that are to get 10 computers each and a laboratory would also be connected to the Internet.

“We plan to do more. Our target for 2010 is to ensure that all districts up to the parish level in all the 1,026 sub-counties have access to information and communications technology (ICT) facilities,” Masambu said.

ICT state minister Alintuma Nsambu said the project was a landmark that demonstrates the Government’s commitment to transforming society through the use of ICT.

“We need to adopt ICT because it is being recognised as a valuable tool in shaping our plans and activities and helping us to determine the most effective strategies,” Nsambu said.

He said the ministry was set to implement the national ICT policy and strategy.

“The aim is to increase the application and usage of ICTs in the different sectors of our economy.”

“The ministry is also implementing the national data backbone to provide high capacity ICT infrastructure that will link all district administrative headquarters.”

UCC to give out sh2b equipment

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