Dengue monitoring app under development in Davao

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A MOBILE application to monitor the spread of dengue virus in Davao City is being developed.

The research and developmental proposal on the application will be presented to the City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) 11 for coordination and to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the funding of the project.

In an interview with SunStar Davao Wednesday, January 23, project proponent and Kinasang’an Foundation, Inc. (KsFI) executive director Doctor Warlito Vicente said the application will help the city get a timely update on dengue cases in the barangays for immediate action.

“We have to be faster than the mosquito. Kung may mag-pindot ng suspected dengue then magawan agad ng intervention. Monitoring siya in real time,” Vicente said, adding that the main purpose is to consolidate monitored cases without waiting for a month or a year.

He also said that once the application is ready for use, there will be 10 barangays in the city which will be piloted, however, only authorized barangay health workers will be trained to use the application.

“Ang mangyayari is mayroong identified na barangays which will be trained for the app. May mga buttons doon na pwede i-click kung either suspected or confirmed dengue case. Pinag-usapan namin na dapat color-coded and mga buttons,” he said.

Other proponents of the project are Doctor Vincent Vicente, Engineer Eduardo Descalsota Jr. and Doctor Randell Espina.

Vicente said that the proponents have seen dengue as a dreaded disease. He said that there is urgency to develop innovative solutions that would address the dengue outbreaks.

Meanwhile, committee on health chair Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte said that she will read the initial project design together with the Tropical Disaster Unit and the Dengue Task Force.

“My role is to give our input which will help the developers. Later my second role when it needs legislative action,” she said.


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