Highlights

International public health agency World Health Organization Director general  Tedros Adhanom have appreciated India’s COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app named ‘Aarogya Setu’. Director general 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.

World Health Organization Director general emphasised that the pandemic can be overcome quickly only if countries will use the right tools for identifying the impact of the virus. DG 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.

Backdrop

WHO has been evaluating the effectiveness of digital applications launched in several countries including the UK and  Germany to combat the pandemic. The Director general said that contract tracing with UK’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 DG on Arogya Setu app

Director general Tedros Adhanom gave the example of indigenously developed ‘Aarogya Setu’ mobile app. Adhanom appreciated the fact that the app has been downloaded in India by 150 million (15 Crores) users is proving to be a successful technology that has helped in tracking the infected persons. DG 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 Director general on India’s efforts

World Health Organization Director general had also appreciated India’s efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum.

Arogya Setu application

In April 2020, Government of India launched Aarogya Setu app. The Aarogya Setu alerts the users when they come in close contact with the COVID-19 infected person.

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