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ITU launches ‘Ebola-Info-Sharing’ mobile application


LAGOS – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Monday said it has launched a free mobile application to be used in the campaign against resurgence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria.
Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary-General, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos.
Toure said that the ”Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App would facilitate coordination among the organisations responding to the Ebola crisis.
He said that the App would offer public access to the latest Ebola news from the official sources, including an interactive map on Ebola virus.
”Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are now critical components of emergency telecommunications, not only when natural disasters strike, but also during epidemics such as the Ebola virus disease outbreak.
”Ebola-Info-Sharing App, not only enhances prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases, it also strengthens healthcare systems through improvements in emergency response, healthcare practitioner support, healthcare surveillance and administration,” Toure said.
Also speaking, Mr Brahima Sanou, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, urged people to harness mobile technology to serve humanity, especially in combating epidemics.
”Partnership is key to the success of a collective global response to fight epidemics like Ebola,” Sanou said. (NAN)

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