Dengue Activity Tracking System

Lahore and its surrounding had been hit in the recent past (2011) by the biggest widespread of vector borne disease i.e. Dengue. Government of Punjab decided to proactively gear up against the spread of Dengue for coming season and to take precautionary measures to stop prevailing of dengue carrier larvae & mosquito through anti-dengue activities.

For this purpose, in February 2012, all departments as operational under Government of Punjab joined hands to combat Dengue. While the departments were mobilizing their resources for dengue surveillance, PITB devised monitoring mechanism named as “Dengue Activity Tracking System” to log all field activities related to prevention & eradication of the dengue, in real time. It was launched in March 2012 and successfully operational till date.

The monitoring mechanism of “Dengue Activity Tracking System” is based on real time reporting on portal through GPS enabled android based mobile application. The android mobile application covers multiple activities range from Larviciding, Dengue patient tagging, OVI traps, Adult mosquitos, Dewatering, Fishseed, Debris removal, (Surveillance of) Graveyards, Junkyards, Workshops, Schools, Abandoned buildings, Nurseries, Pools and others. Each official in the field is equipped with an android phone, these field officials take geo-tagged photographs of performing their designated tasks related to dengue surveillance. Field officials are also mandated to identify larvae breeding hotspots and remove them accordingly; two separate photographs are submitted highlighting “before” and “after” action taken activities. Data stream as submitted via android based mobile application gets plotted on Google maps in real time as the mobile application captures latitude and longitude along with photographs.

Project Highlights

  • Data capture on the move
  • Verification via GPS coordinates
  • Real  time data entry into central server
  • Consolidated Online Dashboards, accessible by all stakeholders involved
  • Spatial-temporal analysis (SaTScan) to identify intersecting areas with dengue larvae breeding hotspots and dengue patients reported
  • Built in early disease detection/warning system with geographical illustrations

Current Standing

  • Successfully operational Punjab wide
  • Implemented the systems at ICT (Islamabad Capital Territory)
  • Spanning over more than 25 departments and 36 districts of Government of Punjab
  • More than 1900 smart phones are in circulation with entomologists, CDC supervisors, environment inspectors, vaccinators, and other officials
  • More than 2800 mobile users are added in database
  • 39,688 HOTSPOTs (e.g Tyre Shops, Junkyards, Graveyards, Factories etc) added to system for weekly surveillance by four major Districts (Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sheikhupura and Faisalabad)
  • 50,000 houses got geo-tagged as Patient HOTSPOTs for weekly surveillance via Dengue Tracking System
  • More than 6.0 Million anti-dengue surveillance activities via android mobiles since the launch
  • 145 Hospitals have been equipped with Data Entry Operators for patient reporting via “Dengue Patient Reporting System”
  • Automated Alert System in place for dissemination of vital information to all stakeholders
  • Refresher trainings conducted at all Divisional Headquarters to combat the dengue menace
  • Anti-Dengue Campaign by PITB comprises of four systems;
    • Vector Surveillance System
    • Patient Reporting System
    • Dengue Tracking System
    • Health CMS(Complaint Management System)

 

Focal Person: Shahzad Anwer
Manager: Saflain Haider