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Re-issued: ITU launches free mobile application on Ebola


LAGOS – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Monday said it had launched a free mobile application to be used in the campaign against resurgence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary-General, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Toure said that the ”Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile application would facilitate coordination among the organisations responding to Ebola crisis.
He said that the application would offer public access to the latest Ebola news from 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 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.
The statement also quoted Mr Brahima Sanou, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, as urging harnessing of mobile technology to serve humanity, especially in combating epidemics.
”Partnership is key to the success of a collective global response to fight epidemics such as Ebola,” the statement quoted him as saying.(NAN)

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