The Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority BoMRA has made strategic interventions in the health space by introducing the Medical Safety Mobile App that is intended to ease medical data collection which includes but not limited to creating a watch list and reporting procedures as well as having e-Reports that will help all those in need to seek appropriate help from appropriate authorities. Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BOMRA) is a statutory body set up by the Government of Botswana under the Ministry of Health and Wellness to protect human and animal health through effective regulation of medicines, medical devices and cosmetics, making sure that patients have access to quality, safe and efficacious products.
Dr. Lebogang Kwape, the Minister of Health and Wellness hailed the new reporting app as significant invention. “This web based mobile app will help comfortably share medical issues. These e-Reports apply named ADR or Adverse Drug Reaction reporting will have to be used to analyse data which will then be shared by the government and other such innovative stakeholders.
Speaking and also commenting at the same event, the BoMRA CEO, Dr. Stephen Ghanie said “the app will support the trajectory of data reporting while this reporting will minimise the faults of medical information report and ICT will help us to get to that destination.
BoMRA will also work together with the Pharmacovigilance associations in the country and worldwide. Pharmacovigilance is defined as “the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other possible drug-related problems”. Pharmacovigilance is an arm of patient care. It aims at making the best use of medicines for the treatment or prevention of disease. No one wants to harm patients, but unfortunately any medicine will sometimes do just this. Good pharmacovigilance will identify the risks and the risk factors in the shortest possible time so that harm can be avoided or minimized. When communicated effectively, this information allows for the intelligent, evidence-based use of medicines and has the potential for preventing many adverse reactions.
The old saying that; “Doctors bury their mistakes, Lawyers jail theirs, but bloggers publish theirs for the world to see,” will make much sense with the new medical app from BoMRA.