Tanzania: ITU launches 'Ebola-Info-Sharing' mobile app

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak.

According to the UN specialised agency, its “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App facilitates coordination among organisations responding to the Ebola crisis and offers the general public access to the latest Ebola news from official sources, including an interactive map on Ebola.

“Information and communication technologies are now critical components of emergency telecommunications not only when natural disasters strike, but also during epidemics such as the Ebola disease outbreak,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré.

“The Ebola-Info-Sharing App not only enhances prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases but also strengthens healthcare systems through improvements in emergency response, healthcare practitioner support, healthcare surveillance and administration,” he added.

Meanwhile, ITU's Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau Brahima Sanou has said partnerships are key to the success of a collective global response to fight epidemics like Ebola.

“With such unprecedented computing power in the palm of our hands it is imperative that we harness mobile technology to serve humanity and especially in combating epidemics," Sanou added.  

The App is currently available for Android mobile devices and will soon be available for iOS devices.
-0- PANA AR/SEG 24Dec2014

24 december 2014 09:26:41




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