The Afghan Ministry of Public Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with blockchain firm FantomOperations to integrate blockchain technology into the country’s healthcare sector.
As Afghan Voice Agency reported on Nov. 27, the terms of the MoU would apply blockchain to identify counterfeit medicines, create medical registries in hospitals and digitize patients’ files. Commenting on the initiative, Afghan Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz said: The Ministry of Public Health is committed to 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.”
Both the government and the public have expressed concerns about the volume of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the country, with many citizens using traditional medicine for health problems due to their inexpensiveness and accessibility.
The Medicine Importers Union stated that at least 40% of medicine and medical equipment enter the Afghan market illegally and many of the pharmaceutical products are low quality,” the report read.