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GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK TO FOCUS ON HEALTH

Posted by SR (riley) on Nov 10 2016 at 1:55 AM
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Geography Awareness Week is being observed from November 9 to 18 and the focus will be on how geospatial technology can be used to promote good health.   “There has been a rise in viruses, such as chikungunya and Zika, therefore we want to look at how we can use geospatial technology to assist in reducing the transmission of these,” says Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Schools Education Programme Manager at the National Spatial Data Management Division, Mr. Jumaine Remikie.

The week of activities, being coordinated by the Division and the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ), will be observed under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Advancing Public Health Services’.Mr. Remikie said with the theme being focused on health, a number of medical professionals as well as medical societies will be participating in the events for the week.GIS Infrastructure Manager at the Division, Mark Codling explained that spatial data include anything that can be located on the earth’s surface or can be mapped, adding  that public health officials can use the data to determine where a virus started, as well as what is the geographical impact or potential impact of the virus.The National Spatial Data Management Division and the LICJ are agencies under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

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