PENANGITES can now download a mobile application (app) which allows its users to be part of an effort to combat dengue in the state.
Known as the ‘Predict and Beat Dengue’ app, it will alert users when they enter a dengue hotspot.
The users can also report dengue-related concerns in their areas and get the latest updates on dengue cases as among its other features.
State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the app is now available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
He said the app could help to predict a possible dengue outbreak in an area within the next 30 days.
“From there, we can carry out prevention by removing all possible Aedes breeding grounds.
“It quickens the process of detection and identifies places that require dengue preventative measures such as fogging, larvae-ciding and gotong-royong,” he said during a briefing session at Komtar yesterday.
Dr Afif said the state spent RM200,000 on a pilot study for the project which was carried out between May 1 and July 1 by the app creator, a US-based company known as Aime Inc.
“I’m proud that Penang is taking this proactive approach. We are working hand-in-hand with the Health Ministry and they are very supportive of this idea.
“We hope that it can also be carried out nationwide,” he said.
Aime president Rainier Mallol explained the workings of the app and its many features during the presentation.
Also present were Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey, Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T. Jayabalan and Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.
Source: The Star/ANN
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