During its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2019 in Dubai which will take place from 6 - 10 October, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) will shed more light on the smart app “Tateem” (vaccination) and its latest updates.
“Tateem” is an immunization management and reminder app, it also provides information on infectious diseases. The application provides information about immunization program and health care facilities contact information to manage your child’s immunization schedules according to MoHAP’s national immunization program. Tateem is available for download on both platforms, android and apple.
The application consists of eight sections including (Children), in which parents can add the information of their children. Another section is the “vaccine schedule” which includes vaccines for 15 diseases; such as polio, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, rotavirus, influenza B, pneumococcal, measles, rubella, mumps, meningococcal, cervical cancer and smallpox.
Through the app, you can take a printout of the vaccines card and sent it by email, in addition to a section for the adult vaccine. The app also includes a game to amuse your child before or after his/her immunization.
Smart Transformation Strategy
H.E. Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al-Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of Health Centers and Clinics Sector, said: "Tateem is part of the smart transformation strategy for health services and to take advantage of smart and online apps. This comes as part of MoHAP’s efforts to diversify communication channels with the individuals, with the aims of realizing the best health coverage including vaccinations, which are seen as the most successful and effective medical intervention to support national programs of preventing infectious diseases and its complications."
Al-Rand shed light on MoHAP’s strategy aiming to consolidate the preventive aspect, provide comprehensive and integrated healthcare services in innovative and sustainable ways, bolstering the national immunization program by providing high-quality preventive services in line with the best international practices, upgrading vaccines policy and raising the rate of vaccines coverage to 99%.
This would help improve the outcomes of strategic indicator of vaccination coverage rates, in accordance with the objectives of the National Agenda 2021 and Sustainable Development 2030.
Assisting Parents in Scheduling their Children’s Vaccines
“The aim of showcasing Tateem app at GITEX Technology Week is to raise the community awareness and assist parents in scheduling their children’s vaccines and reminding them of immunization appointments. Also, the app users can know the locations of medical centers to receive vaccines according to their residential area. It also has a special section offering medical tips about vaccination,” said Dr. Nada Al Marzouqi, Director of Preventive Medicine Department.
Awareness Campaigns to Boost Commitment to Vaccine Schedules
Al Marzouqi added: “MoHAP is keen on launching educational campaigns and awareness activities, as well as holding workshops at the medical districts to strengthen the commitment of the individuals to vaccine schedules. This would help protect community from several diseases including viral hepatitis, measles, rubella, pertussis, polio, and chickenpox, reduce antimicrobial resistance.”
“We also aim to achieve all the global objectives and strategies of immunization programs adopted by World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This can be made by providing the basic vaccines for all citizens and residents, to achieve a healthy community free of vaccine preventable diseases, thus realizing the objectives of the National Agenda 2021,” she added.