November 23, 2020

EastAfrica Herald

East African Views on Global News.

Rugunda attacks telecom firms over SMS

The minister for Information Communication and Technology
(ICT) Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has expressed concern over messages not solicited
for, that telecom companies send to mobile phone users.
“There is nothing irritating like these messages
because one should not bombard my phone with such unsolicited messages,”
Rugunda said. He said it was right for some phone users to take such companies
to court.
Rugunda however said he has asked the Uganda Communications
Commission (UCC) to take up measures against such telecommunication companies.

Rugunda was addressing journalists in Margarita hotel in
Kasese municipality, Kasese district. Journalists had asked the minister why
government has failed to penalize telecommunication companies which have
continued to send unnecessary messages to customers’ phones. 
Bob Lyaza an official from UCC said UCC is also concerned
with unsolicited messages which phone users get, adding that they have started
engaging such companies to ensure they regulate the messages.
Rugunda cautioned phone users to make good use of them for
social and economic benefits other than using them in non-gainful talk.  Rugunda
further called for adoption of technology in health facilities as a measure to
address the shortages of skilled staff, saying with the installation of modern
technology, a doctor can be able to consult his fellow medical professionals in
international hospitals.
“When a doctor is stranded with a patient in a remote
area where he cannot refer a patient, he can reach a consultant via ICT
facilities,” Rugunda noted after touring Bwera hospital where some ICT
facilities have been installed.
He explained that benefits of ICT in health services
delivery include interlinking all district health officers, Government major
hospitals, ministry of health headquarters, access to ministry of health
website, e-continued medical education and access to online medical journals.
Source: New Vision