WHO Chief appreciates Central government’s Aarogya Setu app

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New Delhi: The Government of India launched an Aarogya Setu app, a mobile application for protecting the citizens during COVID-19. The same app has now been appreciated by the World Health Organisation (WHO). While addressing the latest media briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus credited India’s Covid-19 contact tracing app for helping state public health departments to identify positives and expand testing.
Mr. Ghebreyesus has emphasized on the need to implement tested public health tools including social distancing norms such as self-isolation and contract tracing to break the COVID-19 transmission chain and said technologies like mobile applications were making these tools more “effective”. The 150 million users downloaded the Aarogya Setu app. It has helped city public health departments to identify areas where clusters could be anticipated and expand testing in a targeted way,” Dr Tedros added at the briefing.
Previously, the app was also praised by the World Bank.  The World Bank pointed out that digital technologies can also be used to monitor the spread of Covid-19. The digital initiatives are implemented largely in East Asia to combat the pandemic. Incentives also can be provided to those who report symptoms. India recently launched an app, Aarogya Setu, that uses location data from persons’ smartphones to tell users if they have been near someone who tested positive for Covid-19”.
The National Informatics Centre developed the Aarogya Setu app, it has been designed in order to make proper health data on testing and contact tracing available to health professionals and administrators. The app is developed in 11 different languages. The App helps in self-assessment. The app has been developed in order to alert people before they come in contact with infected patients. All one needs to do is fill in the body temperatures and other asked categories.  Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Information had developed a version of the Aarogya Setu app for Jio feature phones to increase its awareness.

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