The Trace and Go (TAG) project intended to provide information between patient and family was launched in Monrovia yesterday by eHealth Systems Africa and its partners.
The Country Director of eHealth Systems Africa-Liberia, Dave Ausdemore divulged that TAG is intended to provide accurate information at regular intervals to family members on the health status of their patient.
“We believe that this is one of the best ways that a patient’s family can be kept updated, making it unnecessary for the family to visit the patient frequently.
“This means that patient and family must be in close contact.” Communication between family and the patient, he said, helps to enhance the recovery process.
Mr. Ausdemore commended the Ministry of Health, Center for Disease Control Foundation, World Health Organization, UNICEF and other partners for their enormous support to Liberia to combat the deadly Ebola virus.
Senior Emergency Coordinator of UNICEF, Dardre Kiernan, expressed UNICEF’s commitment to support eHealth Systems Africa so that the goal is achieved and Ebola is completely eradicated from Liberia.
Acknowledging that at the height of the Ebola epidemic communication between patient and family members was difficult she alluded to the importance of making information regularly available to anxious families on the status of their patients.
All partners need to figure out how to rebuild trust within the health sector which was taken away by the Ebola virus, Kiernan suggested, adding, “We need to make sure that people go to health centers for treatment as they did in the past.”
Head of the Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, hailed the eHealth Systems Africa-Liberia for supporting what he referred to as “a worthy initiative” in the country.
Among those who witnessed the launch of the program was Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo of Monrovia City Cooperation (MCC).