Aponjon, a mobile health messaging service for mothers and newborns, has launched two mobile phone apps for expectant mothers and adolescent girls to provide necessary health information services for ensuring their healthy life.
The two mobile phone apps -- Aponjon Shogorva and Aponjon Koishor -- have been developed to meet health needs of expectant mothers and adolescent girls, Chief Executive Officer of D.net Dr Ananya Raihan told the launching function at the Spectra Convention Centre here on Thursday.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak and US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services Prof Dr Abul Lakam Azad and Director of Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Dr Ishtiaq Mannan, among others, addressed the function.
Palak said, "We have developed massive collectivity to expand e-health. Upazila level hospitals and health complexes are enjoying advancement of ICT to provide better healthcare facilities to the people."
The ICT Decision launched telemedicine centers at upazila level health complexes to ensure the access of the people especially rural people to better medical services, he said adding "We have a plan to scale up e-health services to bring rural folks under healthcare facilities."
Marcia Bernicat said "Despite very impressive successes in reducing maternal and child mortality, Bangladesh's mortality figures, especially for newborns remain too high." Improving the nutrition and care, a woman receives during pregnancy, delivery and after birth will not only save lives but also result in healthier, stronger mothers and newborns, she added.
Dr Ananya said the Aponjon Shogorbha will bring important health information for expectant mothers while the Aponjon Koishor brings key information for adolescent girls and their parents.
Dr Ishtiaq said pregnant mothers and adolescent girls will no longer feel lone and hapless during their critical times as the two new mobile apps will provide all necessary information to solve their health related problems. "Our expectant mothers and adolescent girls will be empowered to get their all time access to health information," he added.