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COVID-19 predictive tool to boost LGU's decision capacity

Philippine Information Agency
21 May 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

SAN JOSE, Antique, May 21 (PIA6) -- The use of FASSSTER, a corona virus disease (COVID-19) predictive modeling and monitoring tool, is seen to help local government units (LGUs) and policy makers in crafting sound decisions, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 6.

FASSSTER stands for Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance Using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological ModeleR for Early Detection of Diseases.

As a hub for various data sources, FASSSTER provides a blueprint of integrated information that eases understanding on the spread of diseases.

Its key features include time series projections that allow users to set certain parameters and conditions to view impact on disease projection.

"Ang mabulig niya na is ma-project niya ang mga scenarios kun ano ang mga kinahanglan ta nga i-prepare in case nga sige ang saka sang aton cases, (It seeks to project scenarios that allow us to prepare should the cases continue to rise)" DOST-6 Information Officer Ma. Alicia Soledad Salazar said in an online briefing.

Part of the forecasting structure is also the map visualization based on locations.

Likewise, the "nowcasting" feature of FASSSTER highlights the current state of COVID-19.

Salazar cited that with ample preparation and conduct of mass testing, these can support in flattening the curve.

She added that these LGUs and planners can identify their courses and actions beyond the quarantine period with the aid of FASSSTER.

Developed by the Ateneo Center for Computing Competency and Research, in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Manila and the Department of Health (DOH)-Epidemiology Bureau, FASSSTER was implemented as early as 2016 with Western Visayas as its pilot area.

It is also supported by the DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and is one of the tools being used by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

"(The) DOH really pushed the endorsement of this application tool among provincial health offices and rural health units," Salazar said.

Meanwhile, DOST 6-Disaster Risk Reduction Management Unit head and Science Research Specialist II Ryan Vilmor Dumpit disclosed that FASSSTER was originally intended as a disease outbreak predictive instrument for dengue, measles and other diseases.

For this year, it has been repurposed for COVID-19 and augment DOH's disease surveillance efforts.

Dumpit said that interested users from LGUs and government agencies can register in the FASSSTER website at https://fassster.ehealth.ph/covid19.

They will also provide the email addresses of their users to DOST Regional Office.

To complete the registration flow, an activation email from FASSSTER will be sent to the users. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique)

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