An interactive map has been set up by a Newcastle student to track the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria.
Final year Economics and Mathematics student Benjamin Pam, from Plateau State, Nigeria, launched the website and created the heat map to visually represent the data released each day by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.
Describing his motivations for setting up the website, Benjamin said: “I realised that the Covid-19 data was being provided numerically, but the question was, what does it actually look like? The maps I have come across simply indicate totals by country but not the localised concentration of cases at a state level within the country.
“As opposed to spending the lockdown dwelling on how bad things have gotten, I decided instead to try and contribute to the collective effort to curb Covid-19 by putting the skills I have acquired to use. By illustrating the extent to which the virus is spreading and deploying it as an online tool in the form of a website, I knew that I could make the information widely accessible and help raise more awareness as the situation develops.”
Benjamin hopes that this will be a useful tool for the country to monitor and analyse the situation as it work towards creating practical solutions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria. It is designed for both residents and policymakers to indicate the concentration of cases within their own states and the rest of the country.
In addition to thermal imaging, which shows which regions of Nigeria have the most cases of the virus, there are pins with information windows that can be clicked to view the actual data being gathered from the various states.
Benjamin is remaining in Newcastle over lockdown. “It has been difficult being away from family especially with the emergence of this pandemic. However, tools such as Whatsapp and Zoom have made it possible to stay in constant communication as we continue to encourage and support each other.
“My hope is that with the information we currently have about the pandemic, we all take the necessary measures to protect ourselves and others and be pillars of support for each other during these trying times.”
Benjamin’s website can be accessed here.
Last modified: 6th May 2020