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Sierra Leone achieves a first in electronic disease surveillance

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The digital revolution is already at full speed globally, and electronic disease surveillance is one of the applications of digital technology. This digital application can be particularly useful for rapid and accurate monitoring and reporting of health and disease states in countries and geographical regions.

Sierra Leone has become the first country in Africa to achieve national coverage of an electronic disease surveillance system. This web-based system allows real-time documentation of disease trends nationwide and will promote a more agile response to disease outbreaks. Sierra Leone is a relatively small country with a population close to 8 million, so national coverage is less challenging than in larger more populous countries like Nigeria and South Africa.

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