The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Garba Danbatta has said that digital infrastructure and literacy are key to organisational transformation across board.
Danbatta stated this when he received a delegation of the top management committee of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Commission zonal office in Kano at the weekend.
During the visit, the AKTH team also presented an award to the EVC “as an expression of the hospital’s appreciation for the enormous contributions of the EVC and the Commission to the development of health institutions over the years in the country.”
Speaking during the visit, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano chief medical director Prof Abdulrahman Sheshe said, “through the support and donations from Kano people like the EVC and institutions like NCC, the hospital has increased its bed capacity from 250 to 700, as well as performing 57 successful transplant surgeries.
You have also made enormous contributions in this regard and that has helped us to get new dialysis machines through your assistance and these machines are being put to use, aside from other state-of-the-art equipment already in place,” he said.
However, the CMD sought NCC’s support in the area of a Health Information Management System (HIMS) and digital capacity for staff.
In his response, Danbatta thanked the hospital management for the award saying that infrastructure that can host the massive flow of information and knowledge is broadband infrastructure “and this is top-most in the agenda of the Commission. Indeed, ICT is transforming every sector of the economy and the earlier we embrace the vast opportunity brought by ICT the better.
As a Commission, we are working to bridge the infrastructure divide, which is an element of the entire digital ecosystem. We do this via a lot of ongoing regulatory initiatives. And, through our training arm, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), we provide digital literacy to critical sectors of the economy, including the health sector, we also intervene through our advanced digital appreciation programme,” he said.