Kenya ranked third African country with highest internet users
07 April 2016, 10:42
Nairobi - Kenya has been ranked the third country in Africa with the highest number of internet users – propelling it to become a knowledge based economy.
Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said out of about 300 million internet users in Africa, nearly 32 million users are from Kenya.
Mucheru who spoke on Wednesay at a Nairobi hotel during the launch of AppKRCS, a software application for the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), said the Government is committed to developing policies and legal strategies that drive ICT penetration in institutions and households in the country.
Mucheru commended the KRCS for integrating ICT applications in their delivery of services, saying the application will help users save lives by easily locating the nearest health facility and emergency services.
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He said the application will also provide users with the opportunity to give tools and knowledge required to support the injured and guide KRCS emergency team makes its way to locations in need of emergencies.
He observed that, based on the involvement of Red Cross in strengthening and protection of live-hoods by facilitating community access to water, development of irrigation, agriculture, and health services, the application will be a crucial delivery mechanism for the dissemination of information for improved services.
The Cabinet Secretary encouraged the youth to volunteer for community service, which he noted not only helps them build networks and opportunity to understand communities, but also assist the youth build their career experience and instills the values of care and respect.
The KRCS Chairman Abbas Gullet said the application will help the Society in meeting the target of over 200,000 units of blood annually.
Gullet said the application will also be used to locate places where the society’s ambulances could be found for quick response during emergencies.
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