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Health: NCDC Develops Software To Monitor Outbreak Of Diseases on Social Media

30 November 2019 National News News


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC says it has developed a software called “Tatafo” to monitor the social media on outbreak of diseases in the country.

The Deputy Director Preventive and Programme Coordinator of the Centre, Dr. Emmanuel Agogo stated this in an interview with radio Nigeria in Abuja.

Deputy Director Preventive and Programme Coordinator Dr. Emmauel Agogo and Radio Nigeria correspondent Georgina Humphrey

Dr. Agogo explained that the aim was to identify outbreak of diseases at the grassroots for rapid response.

Dr. Agogo who attributed slow response to outbreaks of disease to Security challenges confronting disease prone areas explained that the centre was working tirelessly to curb the spread of diseases.

On the recent outbreak of Yellow fever in some states, he stressed that so far about 623 cases were suspected from Katsina, Bauchi and Benue states.

Dr. Agogo further explained that of the said suspected cases, Katsina had 322 of which 9 had been confirmed, Benue 60 with 2 confirmed while Bauchi had 256 and 14 confirmed.

The deputy Director who noted that so far there is no Permanent cure for Yellow fever stressed that the centre had put in place supportive measures to make sure victims were not dehydrated.

He said Yellow fever is not a communicable disease but it can be transferred through some specific mosquito bites.

Dr. Agogo who added that lack of immunization was responsible for the disease outbreaks said about 34 local government areas in Katsina state had been immunized.

Dr. Agogo pointed out that the inability of Nigeria to manufacture some vaccines were due largely to poor electricity supply.

He therefore urged the private sector to partner the federal government in manufacturing Vaccines in the country.

BY: GEORGINA HUMPHREY/ABUJA


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