To combat Dengue and also to raise awareness in schoolchildren about the dangers of dengue, Mobitel launched an innovative mobile app to at a special event held at the BMICH on 27 March 2018. Called DengueFreeChild and available for Android devices, the app creates awareness and allows sharing of information quickly that enables parents and school authorities to take preventive action to stop the spread of Dengue.
The app was developed by Mobitel in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the University of Colombo and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. It enables users to proactively report Dengue or suspected Dengue fever. Once reported, the required action can be taken to the premises to clear out the infected area. In addition, you can also alert other parents to keep a keen eye on Dengue-like symptoms in their own children.
According to Isuru Dissanayake, Senior General Manager (Marketing) of Mobitel, “Dengue has become a critical national health issue, and as the National Mobile Service Provider, we had a responsibility to find ways to combat this disease.
The app is actually quite straightforward to use. The initial screen gives the user two options. He/she can learn more about dengue, or report a case of dengue.
In the event of reporting a case of dengue, the user will be asked to enter details such as name, relation to the child, district of the school, the name of the school, grade, student’s name and index number, class teacher’s name and the child’s overall condition.
Conditions range from general fever, to suspected dengue, to confirmed dengue-home and finally, confirmed dengue-hospitalized. Filling in these details correctly is of vital importance as it will help the medical officers with the steps they should take next.
How much of a threat is Dengue, really?
According to recent statistics, there are nearly 4.4 million students in more than 10,000 schools across Sri Lanka today. But did you know that according to the data collected by the National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of Health, around 30 percent of all Dengue patients who sought treatment in 2017 were children?
According to Dr. Hasitha Tissera, the National Coordinator of the National Dengue Control Unit, “Early diagnosis of Dengue can save a child’s life. We have found that early diagnosis and immediate treatment almost always leads to a complete recovery. The need for parents and caretakers to be alert and aware of the possibility of this disease and its symptoms in their children cannot be overstated.”
If you want to try out DengueFreeChild, you can do by clicking here to download it from the Google Play Store.