By Matilda Atieno
Kisumu has convened a two days digital health conference in honour of Mama Grace Onyango, who is the 1st woman mayor and member of parliament of Kisumu, in an event held at the Mama Grace Onyango social centre.
The on going digital health in Africa conference has attracted participants from across Africa with the aim of championing digital health in Kisumu. The conference was graced by the Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and Minister for East African affairs, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Hon. Grace Onyango together with prominent women leaders including Prof. Zipporah Kitony, Prof. Julia Ojiambo, Prof. Miriam Were as well as members of the Federation of Women Educators ( FAWE).
Hon. Kadaga called on the leadership to ensure that digital health delivers on its promise to transform healthcare delivery across the region.
Several other guests from South Africa, Gabon, Seychelles, USA, Europe and Representatives of the Universities as research institutions are also in attendance.
Speaking on behalf of Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, the Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili welcomed the guests to Kisumu to celebrate Mama Grace Onyango as the County launches the Mama Grace Onyango foundation as well as the launch of the Digital health in Africa conference.
Dr. Owili louded the efforts by the Foundation and the partners in organising the conference, noting that the County Government has embarked on exciting and high-impact issues for engagement with potential stakeholders which will position Kisumu as the health science collaboration hub in Africa.
The conference is set to explore how to harness the benefits of digital health innovations on the African continent.
Through the Mama Grace Onyango digital health foundation, Kisumu recognises that advance innovation in digital health, would benefit the county and the region.
The speakers applauded Mama Grace Onyango as a trailblazer in women leadership, her integrity and commitment to serve. Mama Onyango called on embracing nutrition as a life long resolution.
The conference resumes tomorrow with emphasis on transformation of health service delivery and management. The digital health event provides education and networking opportunities for digital health disruptors and influencers, with a focus on offering captivating experiential event.