9th April 2020: As cases rise in Pakistan of the coronavirus, authorities focus more on making testing for the virus accessible.
Innovative Healthcare Systems (IHS), a Pakistani medical company has partnered with a company in Finland. Together they have produced digital test kits.
The kits will be rolled out after finalizing details with the provincial and federal governments as well as the hospitals.
The test kit mimics a sugar testing kit. A drop of blood will be able to confirm if either the patient has contracted the virus or not.
9th April 2020: The Aga Khan University (AKU) has introduced an application called the ‘Corona Check’. The app allows people to self examine their symptoms of the deadly coronavirus with an in-home screening tool at home safely.
The app uses an interactive chatbot driven by artificial intelligence that allows the user to identify its symptoms and take the necessary actions required in a timely manner.
According to a Press Release released on Wednesday, “the app also includes authentic information on the best practices to protect oneself from infection, advice on self-assessment, and precautions and guidance on physical distancing recommended by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of National Health Services“.
The aim of the app is to identify individuals who are carriers and stop the spreading of the disease in time. The app ‘CoronaCheck’ also seeks to tackle myths and misconceptions that have been making rounds on social media by featuring educational videos in Urdu.
The Director of AKU’s TISC, Saleem Sayani said, “The coronavirus has placed the country’s healthcare system under tremendous strain with frontline healthcare professionals already working around the clock.”
“Through this app, we hope to share useful tips that can prevent new cases and provide reassurance to worried citizens during a time of widespread concern.”
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