Apart from being able to be traced easily, users of the app which is downloadable from play store will also be getting updates on daily test results released by the ministry or any other information on the disease published whereby even other people in the community can send in anonymous alerts about any suspects in the community.
On a mobile phone, using digital maps MOH surveillance teams will be able to locate a COVID suspect in the community
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has launched a mobile app which
can be used by people who develop symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or suspect to
be infected to alert the surveillance officials in the communities.
The app dubbed ‘Call The Clinic’ short coded as MOH – CTC
uses digital maps to locate a patient and can be used to make both video and voice
calls whereby the user will be able to get notifications from the ministry
regarding tips on staying safe and updates on the status of samples sent in for
This app comes in amidst complaints by suspects and contacts
of people who test positive for the disease about the delay by MOH's surveillance
officials to reach them and yet when they finally pick samples, many times
people are not alerted about the status of their tests, something that stems
With the app, Dr Diana Atwiine, the Permanent Secretary in
the ministry said the app comes in handy to solve such challenges.
“In the coming days, we should be more vigilant on fighting
the spread of Coronavirus. With the application, we will be able to provide
timely medical information and immediate action which will also let us get back
to our normal routines faster”.
Apart from being able to be traced easily, users of the app
which is downloadable from play store will also be getting updates on daily test
results released by the ministry or any other information on the disease
published whereby even other people in the community can send in anonymous
alerts about any suspects in the community.
While he doesn’t reveal how much it cost them to develop the
app, Vicent Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT and
National Guidance said they used part of the 6 billion Shillings they were allocated
for the COVID-19 fight to contract the developers of the app, CTI Africa who
are a team of local ICT experts.
He said these funds are still available for those with
innovative ideas on how they can use technologies to halt further spread of
COVID 19 with currently more than 300 people testing positive.
He said a call
has been issued to innovators to apply for grants to come up with solutions
which can be used in this season and post COVID.