The Center for Epidemiological Intelligence (CIE) was launched today (25), an initiative by the city of Rio de Janeiro to monitor and disseminate public health indicators. The information will be made available for consultation on a website, which should go live on Monday (28).
According to the Municipal Health Secretary, Daniel Soranz, the experience gained from monitoring the covid-19 pandemic contributed to structuring the new center.
“The objective of the Intelligence Center is for us to gather and plan all the epidemiological information in the city. Place sentinel units in all locations to collect biological samples and identify the type of virus that is circulating in the city, so that we can aggregate care information from the electronic medical records of all health units in real time, to know if the we have some increase in transmission of any type of disease”.
Soranz explains that, in addition to covid-19, the CIE will gather information on other infectious, chronic and degenerative diseases, as well as the follow-up provided by primary health care.
“Dengue and other arboviruses are diseases that this center will also be analyzing. You are prepared for this. Today, we have good monitoring of the main arboviruses, which is the circulation of mosquitoes in the city of Rio de Janeiro. But this center goes much further than that, it also monitors the epidemiological panorama of mortality, of live births, so the entire illness process that happens in the city for all diseases this center has the ability to analyze”.
The site is integrated with the Rio Operations Center (COR) and will share information with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Americas. According to the secretary, the exchange of international information benefits the entire health surveillance community and allows for quick decision-making.
“What happens in Rio de Janeiro can happen the same at another time, in other cities, in another place. So if you produce quality data, you can also find and receive quality data. Exchanging information is essential today. An important front is to aggregate the data that we already produce and transform this data with more speed and make decisions. The other point is how we plan our data network or how we plan the collection of information”.
In addition to dengue, which is experiencing a drop in transmission after the summer, and covid-19, which currently has the lowest rates since the beginning of the pandemic, two years ago, Soranz explains that the main concern of the secretary is with the arrival of seasonal flu.
“Now we are entering another period, which, in addition to dengue, is a worrying period due to seasonal flu. On the 4th, now we start the flu vaccination, this vaccination already includes the new influenza strains expected and in circulation in the northern hemisphere this year, so we already have a new flu vaccine, it starts to be applied on the 4th to the age group of 80 years and over”.
According to the Municipal Health Department (SMS), one of the main products of the CIE is the Epidemiological Observatory (EpiRio), a platform that brings together interactive monitoring panels, such as dengue and chikungunya, births and mortality, vaccine coverage, notifiable diseases and covid-19 – this one put on the air during the new coronavirus pandemic. The platform will be on the air from next Monday (28), at link.
Translated to english by RJ983
From Brazil, by EBC News