New mo­bile phone app helps fight against mos­quito-borne dis­eases

Fiji Sun - - Nation - WATI TALEBULA Edited by Epineri Vula [email protected] fi­jisun.com.fj

Of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices have un­der­gone train­ing on the use of a mo­bile phone ap­pli­ca­tion that helps to com­bat mosquito­borne dis­eases.

Dr Re­becca Levine from the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion trained 20 of­fi­cials on how to use the “Epi Info Vec­tor Sur­veil­lance App”.

The App has been specif­i­cally de­vel­oped to help health of­fi­cials around the world while out in the field gath­er­ing data to help com­bat mos­quito-borne dis­eases.

Dr Levine said the App was de­vel­oped as a re­sult of the Zika virus out­break when they were asked by coun­tries af­fected by the virus for as­sis­tance. “Now they will not have to go back to their of­fice and en­ter the data be­cause they can do it from wher­ever they are,” she said. “The su­per­vi­sor from the of­fice will know what his team is do­ing in the field. When the data is en­tered ev­ery­thing is cal­cu­lated and the su­per­vi­sor can just check ev­ery­thing on the smart­phones from the of­fice.”

Dr Levine said the App was pi­loted in four coun­tries.

“They were say­ing we need to be able to use our data to pro­tect our peo­ple and right now our data is stuck in a piece of pa­per and we don’t know where the piece of pa­per goes,” she said.

“It takes too long to en­ter the data and it takes too long to an­a­lyse the data and that was why the App was de­vel­oped.”

The two-day work­shop was held at the US Em­bassy.

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