MANILA, Philippines – Dengvaxia vaccinees can now be monitored digitally online and in real time by parents and guardians.
This is through a soon to be launched mobile apps called Abizo and Kaizala for Android, iOS and Microsoft phones.
The apps allow parents of vaccinees to report the condition of their children.
It aims to provide vaccinees a prompt response and immediate medical attention by the local government.
“This is not mandatory… Parents who are interested in tracing and monitoring the state of their children, whether away from home or at school can take advantage of these two kind of apps,” explained Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
“If there’s a parent (who) downloaded the app and registered the name of his or her child, lalabas doon kaagad iyong names. If he provided the LRN then verified agad na siya iyong parent. If he didn’t provide, that report will be segregated then throwback again to DOH for validation. Kapag na-verify then we include them under the category of private sector,” added Education Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua.
The monitoring apps are also expected to help identify areas that have high incidence of Dengvaxia vaccinees who are getting sick.
“There are a checklist of symptoms that they can just say, may lagnat, pannakit ng ulo…madali na. Sasabihin na lang doon saan mo dadalhin iyong bata. Anong service delivery, part of the network mo siya dadalhin,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
The Department of Education (DepEd) and other stakeholders assured that the National Privacy Act will protect the data sharing between DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) in using the mobile apps.
Parents may officially use the mobile apps at the end of August. – Aiko Miguel / UNTV News and Rescue.
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