The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has launched a mobile phone application – Free VBD, which will help them fight vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria in a better way.
The app will enable health workers enrolled in dengue and malaria surveillance activities mark the spots as active mosquito-breeding or potential breeding sites. All the workers will be able to see this information, stated a report published in Hindustan Times.
These red spots will be closely monitored and further control measures will be taken, said the officers.
Dr Brahmdeep Sandhu, chief medical officer of MCG, said, “The app would also work as a database for the MCG as we would be able to identify the areas where more workers are needed and the high-risk zones in the city. Once cases of dengue emerge in the coming months, active dengue cases will also be marked.”
In a few months, residents will also be able to download the app. The residents can then upload photos and information about breeding sites on the app.
According to the officials, two cases of malaria have so far been confirmed in the district while no dengue cases have been recorded.
In their bid to control the spread of the disease, the MCG has already sent more than 400 notices to houses and offices where breeding was spotted.