WHO Chief appreciated India’s Aarogya Setu App

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus have appreciated India’s COVID-19 contact tracing app named ‘Aarogya Setu’. The chief said that it is one of the technological tools that have successfully helped public health departments to identify clusters of virus and to expand the testing.

Highlights

The WHO Chief emphasised that the covid-19 pandemic can be overcome quickly only if countries will use the right tools for identifying the impact of the virus. He said that there is a need to implement the tried and tested tools such as contact tracing and self-isolation in order to break the chain of the COVID-19 transmission.

Background

World Health Organization has been evaluating the effectiveness of digital applications launched in several countries including the United Kingdom and  Germany to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The chift said that contract tracing with United Kingdom’s NHS COVID-19 app and Germany’s Corona Warn app and similar apps in other countries have helped the healthcare systems in tracing the infected persons

WHO chief on Arogya Setu app

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave the example of indigenously developed ‘Aarogya Setu’ app. He appreciated the fact that the app has been downloaded in India by 150 million users is proving to be a successful technology that has helped in tracking the infected persons. He further stated that the app has helped city public departments to identify the areas where the clusters can be anticipated. This helped to do the COVID-19 testing in a targeted way.

WHO chief on India’s efforts

WHO Chief had also appreciated India’s efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Dharavi Slum of Mumbai.

Arogya Setu app

The Aarogya Setu app was in April 2020. The app alerts the users when they come in close contact with the COVID-19 infected person.