La­gos, EpidAlert to Launch Dis­as­ter, Dis­ease Out­break Pre­ven­tion Tech­nol­ogy

THISDAY - - NEWS - Martins Ifi­jeh

The La­gos State Min­istry of Health and the Pri­mary Health­care Board in col­lab­o­ra­tion with EpidAlert are set to launch a tech­nol­ogy that helps in dis­as­ter and dis­ease out­break pre­ven­tion, warn­ing signs, re­sponse and re­cov­ery.

The tech­nol­ogy, called the AlertClinic is a com­mu­ni­ca­tion and no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem de­signed with al­go­rithms around in­for­ma­tion flow and the per­sua­sion of crit­i­cal be­hav­iours and choices.

Ac­cord­ing to the Founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of EpidAlert, Dr. Lawal Bakare, the pi­lot phase of the project seeks to tackle Malaria, Lassa fever, Diar­rheal Dis­eases and Po­lio. “These four dis­eases stand as ma­jor threats to the dis­ease con­trol sys­tems of the La­gos State Min­istry of Health, the Pri­mary Health­care Board and in­deed, the en­tire peo­ple in the state.

“AlertClinic will pro­vide two-way no­ti­fi­ca­tion sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties and house­holds, and more im­por­tantly, the pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tion in La­gos where the Min­istry of Health leads at the peak and the Dis­ease No­ti­fi­ca­tion Of­fi­cers of the Lo­cal Gov­ern- ment Ar­eas at the grass­roots.”

He said the prom­ise of AlertClinic is that the bur­den of Malaria, Lassa fever and Cholera (and other diar­rheal dis­eases) will drop in tar­get com­mu­ni­ties, as no­ti­fi­ca­tion will rise for the ‘no­ti­fi­able’ dis­eases, while the pub­lic health re­sponse time will drop when threats are iden­ti­fied; leav­ing com­mu­ni­ties health­ier and more re­silient.

He said with the launch Thurs­day, Au­gust 31st, AlertClinic will be ex­pe­ri­enced on­line and off­line in La­gos Main­land Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of La­gos State. “La­gos Main­land was se­lected for this phase of its roll out as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment presents the ecosys­tem for early up­take of tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions as well an en­vi­ron­ment that will ben­e­fit from it.

“La­gos Main­land is the home of Nige­ria’s tech­nol­ogy hub in Yaba, higher in­sti­tu­tions with thou­sands of stu­dents like the Univer­sity of La­gos and Yaba Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, a large youth pop­u­la­tion, com­mu­ni­ties such as Makoko, Ebute Metta, mil­i­tary can­ton­ments and po­lice bar­racks, health and re­search in­sti­tu­tions such as Nige­ria In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search, the NCDC’s Cen­tral Pub­lic Health Lab­o­ra­tory and most im­por­tantly the La­gos State Pri­mary Health­care Board and In­fec­tious Dis­ease Hos­pi­tal,” he said.

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