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Necessity of mobile phone technology in public health monitoring in Benin

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Abstract: A cross-sectional study was conducted in March 2016 to assess the needs of mobile phone technology for health monitoring and interventions in Benin. A questionnaire survey was conducted on 130 people, including 25 medical professionals, 33 veterinarians and 72 public respondents. All respondents have mobile phones, and 75 , 84 and 100 of the public, medical professionals and veterinarians usually use mobile phones for medical purposes. 75 of the respondents (including 68 of doctors, 84.8 of veterinarians and 72.2 of the public) admitted that the current monitoring system was ineffective and could not capture and share real-time information. More than 92 of respondents confirmed that mobile phones could improve health monitoring in the United Statesountry. All respondents reported adhering to a nascent project of mobile phone-based health surveillance and confirmed that there is no existing similar approach in the country. The most preferred methods by all respondents for effective implementation of such platform are phone calls (96.92 ) followed by SMS (49.23 ) and smart phone digital forms (41.53 ). This study revealed urgent needs of mobile phone technologies for health surveillance and interventions in Benin for real-time surveillance and efficient disease prevention.

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