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Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic received a new disease surveillance system

by October 13, 2021 Health

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) handed over a new electronic infectious disease reporting system to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health and Social Development during an official ceremony. This system improves disease surveillance by allowing the creation of an electronic register of infectious diseases subject to notification, the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic notes.

CDC and ICAP, an international public health organization at Columbia University, began work on the development of an electronic version of the emergency notification system and registry in January 2021 after receiving a request for support from the Department of Disease Prevention and State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance of Kyrgyzstan.

The beta version of the system took two months to develop. In the months that followed, a group of experts worked to introduce additional features and improve the system based on feedback received from Kyrgyz medical professionals.

“Electronic surveillance systems like this are helping public health professionals save valuable time to save lives. We are proud to have contributed to the Kyrgyz health care system by supporting the implementation of this software. This project is just one of many examples of our fruitful public health collaboration. We remain committed to improving public health in Central Asia, ”said Daniel Singer, director of CDC’s Central Asia office.

Accurate data from the new system will help Kyrgyzstan develop a more complete picture of how infectious diseases are spreading in the country faster and enable it to allocate resources accordingly.

CDC, the leading US health agency, has a long history of collaborating with Central Asian governments on public health issues. The first CDC office in Central Asia was opened in Almaty in 1995, and today offices of the center operate in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. CDC works with all ministries of health to strengthen the capacity of local laboratories, surveillance and human resources so countries can better prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency