The Lagos State Ministry of Health and Primary Healthcare Board in collaboration with EpidAlert has launched technology that will reorganise communities’ response to disaster prevention, warning, response and recovery, The Nation reports.
The initiative, called ‘AlertClinic’, will be test-run in Yaba, Lagos.
AlertClinic is a communication and notification system designed with algorithms around information flow and the persuasion of critical behaviours and choices.
According to its inventor, Dr. Lawal Bakare, who is also EpidAlert Chief Executive Officer, AlertClinic will, in its pilot phase, tackle Malaria, Lassa fever, Diarrheal Diseases and Polio.
Bakare observed that these four diseases are major threats to disease control systems of the state health ministry.
Bakare said AlertClinic will provide a two-way notification support to communities, households and public health institution in Lagos for the Ministry of Health leads in healthcare emergencies nationwide, “especially by involving the Disease Notification Officers of the Local Government Areas at the grassroots.”
He said, “AlertClinic, Our flagship initiative set to revolutionize disease prevention and detection in communities. AlertClinic does two things for our communities: It allows us to keep in touch with health risks wherever we are by location, it also provide early support to members of our communities whenever they are exposed to these risks.
“The promise of AlertClinic is that the burden of Malaria, Lassa fever and Cholera and other diarrheal diseases will drop in target communities, notifications will rise for the ‘notifiable’ diseases and the public health response time will drop when threats are identified, leaving communities healthier and more resilient,” Bakare said.
He revealed that there will be a test run of AlertClinic online and offline in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area.
“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. Visit www.alertclinic.com for more information,” he added.
Explaining why the choice of Lagos Mainland, Bakare noted that it is the home of Nigeria’s technology hub in Yaba, “higher institutions with thousands of students from 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 (NIMR), the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s Central Public Health Laboratory and most importantly the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board and Infectious Disease Hospital.