By Sola Ogundipr
THE launch of the pilot phase of AlertClinic – a Disaster and Disease Outbreak Prevention Technology – is set to revolutionise disaster prevention, warning, response and recovery in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
With its coming, response to diseases of epidemic significance such as Lassa fever, diarrhoeal diseases and polio will be a lot more organised.
The pilot phase of the initiative which commences in Yaba today, is put together by effort of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Primary Healthcare Board in collaboration with EpidAlert.
In the view of the Founder, Dr Lawal Bakare, AlertClinic is a communication and notification system designed with algorithms around information flow and the persuasion of critical behaviours and choices.
In its pilot phase, AlertClinic seeks to tackle malaria, Lassa fever, diarrheal diseases and polio – four diseases that stand as major threats to the disease control systems of the Lagos State government and 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 Government Areas at the grassroots.”
Bakare said the burden of diseases is expected to drop in target communities, just as notification will rise for the ‘notifiable’ diseases and the public health response time will drop when threats are identified leaving communities healthier and more resilient.
Following the official launch AlertClinic will be accessible online and offline in Lagos Mainland LGA. “Lagos Mainland was selected for this phase of its roll out as it presents the ecosystem for early uptake of technology innovations as well an environment that will benefit from it,.” Bakare stated, noting that te Lagos Mainland is the home of Nigeria’s technology hub in Yaba, among other strategic advantages.
“It is this immediate environment the Lagos State Government and EpidAlert believe will serve as epicenter of AlertClinic implementation.
It is from here we will scale across Lagos State and other parts of the country and possibly beyond.“