An institute of Geographic Information System practitioner from SIRDC has come up with a model to be used in predicting cholera outbreak or places likely to be affected by the epidemic.
GIS practitioner Farai Kuri recently had a study in Nigeria on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) use in the Health sector.
In his presentation to science and technology development experts in the capital, Kuri said from the study he held using GIS it has been revealed that cholera cases are higher in places where population is clustered. Kuri added that factors like location of sewer systems and amount of rainfall at any given time are important when using GIS.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology Development Professor Francis Gudyanga said GIS use in health is important since it will help predict areas which will require attention and assistance especially in the rainy season when most diseases are prominent.
Most African countries including Nigeria where Kuri had his studies are already using Geographic Information Systems in sectors like health, education and agriculture.