POTRAZ Director-General Dr Gift Kallisto Machengete

Zimbabwe has called on the global telecommunications industry to come up with a clear roadmap of achieving universal health coverage and to take stock of the fact that some countries do not have the infrastructure to achieve the objective. 

Speaking at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director-General Dr Gift Kallisto Machengete said some countries are still struggling with diseases like malaria, hence a clear roadmap is imperative to achieve the goal.

“There is need for a roadmap. What we know at the moment is that by 2030 we are attempting to achieve universal health coverage. What is not clear is how we are going to get there. We have to be clear who is doing what for us to get to 2030 with universal health coverage,” said Dr Machengete.

Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) agreed to improve universal health coverage and provide strategic opportunities for the full adoption of digital technology in the health sector by 2030.

World Telecommunication Development Conferences (WTDCs) are convened in the period between two plenipotentiary conferences to consider topics, projects and programmes relevant to telecommunication development.