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University of the Basque Country develops system for identifying illnesses in Paraguay
Date:3/25/2010

they are there". The final link in the system is the web page for the professionals. This web will facilitate internal communication between doctors and experts, and will act as a system of notification: "The doctor will fill in the data of the patient he or she has had in their surgery, annotating their symptoms and diagnosis, and this data is then registered and accessible at the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare".

The project is currently at the Bonis 2.0. phase. "The proposal is that from April we start production. In this way, in two or three months, we will have had our first experiment and be able to make the first evaluation of the system". This pilot experiment will be undertaken in the Baado Sur neighbourhood of Asuncin, with the participation of the Centro de Ayuda Mutua - Salud Para Todos (CAMSAT). Baado Sur is an isolated and poor area with the characteristics appropriate for testing the system.

If the system meets expectations, it will have various advantages, according to Mr Basogain. "Diagnosis will be faster in possible cases of febrile infections and, given the contagious nature of these illnesses, this is of prime importance, both in health and in financial terms. We are seeking to prioritise and bring forward the community agents' visits in order to identify any fever cases as soon as possible. Moreover, it will be possible to extend the system to monitor other kinds of illnesses - respiratory and diarrhoeal, for example".


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