Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of World Health Organisation lauds the Indian App Aarogya Setu, which is used for Covid-19 contact tracing, he said this is one among the many other tech tools which have helped the health department to recognize the cluster and expand covid-19 testing in those areas.
Ghebreyesus emphasized in the recent WHO’s meeting about the need for public health tools, which has been already tried and tested, such as self-isolation and also contract tracing, which can break the Covid-19 transmission. Tedros also said that mobile application technology is making such tools more effective, he said “The Aarogya Setu application in India that has been downloaded by 150 million users”, the app has helped the local public health department to identify the Covid-19 cluster in any particular area and increased the Covid-19 testing with a strategy.
Indian Government has launched the contact tracking app, Aarogya Setu in April 2020 and it has helped users to understand if they have come close to a Covid-19 positive person. The Indian app has also educated its users if they have any possibility to get in contact with the virus. The Indian Government has released the source code of the Aarogya Setu app in May when cyber law experts and some critics said that this app is too closed by nature and doesn’t have any relevant adequate data. The government has also tried to promote its transparency.
Apart from Indian Aarogya Setu app, Ghebreyesus also appreciated other applications like Corona Warn app from Germany and the NHS’s Covid-19 app of United Kingdom, these app has helped public healthcare systems to trace the possible infected persons, he added.
Ghebreyesus also mentioned that the World Health Organisation is working with these nations to understand the effectiveness of any such digital platform applications.
Tedros has already praised India’s effort, the way they have containing the Covid-19 spread in Dharavi slum in Mumbai despite the intense outbreak it’s under control.