National health information system need of the hour

The epidemic has highlighted the necessity of having National health systems that are able to provide information about patients, according to presenters during the United Nations World Data Forum 2021 event yesterday.

They were speaking in a panel titled "Data-driven Vaccination Strategy for a Covid-19 Free World" at the conference at Bern, Switzerland.

"Such a system is not only needed for the pandemic but in general as well," said Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, distinguished fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, noting that the system currently in place should be utilized to the fullest extent.

He added that any new issues including privacy and data security have to be taken into consideration as well.

Agnes Binagwaho, vice-chancellor of University of Global Health Equity from Rwanda Agnes Binagwaho, vice-chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity "This is not by chance that we have successfully implemented the Covid-19 vaccine in Rwanda."

Rwandan officials had district-wise information as well as the list of those who required vaccination including caregivers or community workers as well as people suffering from chronic illnesses She added.

Anir Chowdhury, a policy advisor to the Division's a2i Program discussed how the information gathered on patients during the pandemic is being utilized.

"We had established a dedicated telehealth service for the Covid patients," he explained and added that they're currently returning to find out the incidence of relapse. "Covid-19 has taught us that we have to distinguish between statistics and data. All institutions must collect data."

Natalia Aquilino, a director of CIPPEC the foundation in Argentina She stressed the importance of sharing data and build an international database.

Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Fleming, who heads the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research she said they're now using the data to continue post-vaccination surveillance since the amalgamation of a variety of types of vaccines needed been administered to Bangladesh.


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