Plan to keep track of patients

2011-03-25 00:00

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The World Health Organisation representative in South Africa, Dr Stella Anyangwe, commended the country for the efforts it is making to fight TB and for the acquisition of the machines.

“TB is the major communicable disease in the world, with the African continent accounting for 20% to 30% of notified cases. Resistance to the first and second regimen of treatment is rising. This calls for technological innovations to acquire new vaccines.

“In November 2010 WHO endorsed the GeneXpert as an innovation to revolutionalise TB control,” said Anyangwe.

The department is also working on a smart phone technology project that will enable healthcare workers to keep track of TB patients.

The project is in its initial stage and will be targeting areas with high rates of TB infection. The aim is to have a centralised information system that will create a visual database of households around the province complete with socio-economic data, health profiling and GPS co-ordinates, which will allow healthcare workers to monitor progress and health outcomes of patients. Patient data will be kept on smart phones and healthcare workers will be able to identify those who interrupt their medication.

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