Afghanistan would apply blockchain technology for the first time in its health sector as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the country’s Public Health Ministry and the FantomOperations, a blockchain company. Under the MoU, the blockchain technology would help the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health identify fake medications, create medical records in the hospitals and computerize the patients’ files, the ministry said in the statement posted on its official website.
“The Ministry of Public Health is committed for the institutionalization of electronic government in the health sector and the blockchain technology would help the ministry bring transparency, acceleration, and effectiveness in the related affairs,” Afghan Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz was quoted in the statement as saying. The initiative would help Afghans to receive standard health service across the country, the minister added.
Three decades of war have had a devastating impact on the health sector in Afghanistan. In 2002, only 9 percent of people had access to health services but the health centers’ accessibility has increased to 60 percent and 90 percent respectively by one hour and two-hour walk by 2016, according to official statistics.