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    During Visiting Beni Suef, ICT Minister Witnesses Signing Agreement to Develop Telemedicine Services

    Beni Suef, 31 December 2018

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has visited Beni Suef Governorate, to inspect and inaugurate a number of projects related to the ICT and post sector.  The ICT Minister was received by the Governor of Beni Suef Hani Abdel-Gaber and a number of the Governorateís officials.

    In addition, Talaat witnessed signing a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Beni Suef governorate, aiming to support and develop remote diagnosis and telemedicine services, and build youth capacity to serve the governorate's citizens. The agreement entails supporting seven remote diagnosis and telemedicine units and five integrated inclusive community centers.

    Talaat ascertained that the agreement is within the framework of implementing MCIT strategy, which is based on two main pillars, including cooperating with the Stateís different sectors to achieve the transition to a digital society, and build the Egyptian human being. This is achieved through harnessing ICTs to develop services provided to citizens, achieve comprehensive and sustainable development, and use assistive technology to enable, integrate and develop People with Disabilities (PwDs) and develop their capacities. This is in addition to building youth capacity through the provision of specialized training programs to keeping pace with global technological developments and labor market needs.

    Abdel-Gaber highlighted the significance of these projects in developing health services provided to citizens in the governorate, as well as in developing skills of young people and raising their abilities to qualify them to get excellent job opportunities.

    The ICT Ministerís Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer stated that telemedicine is one of the most important technologies required for the development of health services. Telemedicine equipment consists of devices for measuring blood pressure and heart rate, other specialized diagnosis devices for ophthalmology, dermatology and other key tools and kits. The project provides advanced medical services to citizens, easing the burden of travel on patients to the central hospitals to obtain these services. She underscored the significance of the integrated inclusive community centers, being important centers that aim to develop the capacities and skills of young people in technology to keep pace with the development of the labor market.

    The agreement includes supporting seven health units in poor and remote areas in Beni Suef governorate and providing these units with telemedicine equipment and linking them to university, central and specialized hospitals using high-efficiency communication lines. This is in addition to developing five inclusive integrated community centers within five youth centers and establishing computer rooms, equipped at the highest level to provide technology training services, in cooperation with a number of international companies, to the governorateís youth including those with disabilities, in an integrated environment.

    The agreement was signed by the ICT Ministerís Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer, and the Secretary-General of Beni Suef Governorate Issam Al-Alqami.

    Talaat, Abdel-Gaber and Shakweer visited also the intellectual education school in Beni Suef, which was previously supported by MCIT, since MCIT provided it with assistive technology which was specially developed to facilitate the educational process for students with intellectual disabilities and improve their cognitive abilities. In addition, MCIT provided the school with computers, printers and projectors. Teachers and students were trained to use assistive technology.

    MCIT provided support to all the special education schools within Beni Suef governorate, around 48 schools for all hearing, visual and mental disabilities including 27 community schools. The Ministry is also preparing to start supporting other 15 schools. The number of 55 teachers dealing with disabled students benefited from the free scholarship provided by MCIT for teacher training.

    The ICT Minister and the Governor of Beni Suef will also inspect the construction progress of the technology park at New Beni Suef city, in addition to the opening of two new post offices of East Beni Suef and New Beni Suef, after being developed and transformed into integrated postal services centers.

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