- Aug 2, 2021
The Government of India is taking a step to check in with its citizens, and to check if they have COVID-19 related symptoms or not. For this, the GoI will take help from the telecom companies Vodafone, Airtel, and Reliance Jio. The users of the above-mentioned telecom providers and the Aarogya Setu app will be contacted by the government; a rough approximate for the number of users would be 900 million.
The Indian government will team up with telecom giants Vodafone, Airtel, and Reliance Jio to enable contact tracing through calls. Furthermore, the govt is also planning on making the Aarogya Setu app available for even feature phones.
The CEO of My Gov, Abhishek Singh shed some light on how this tracing will be possible. He mentioned that there will be an IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), which will interact with the users and check if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or not.
If anyone is showing the symptoms, the local authorities will be informed. The govt is also planning on launching the IVRS nation-wise so that they can better track the spread of the virus. The govt is also planning on bringing the Aarogya Setu app to Jio Phones since there are a substantial amount of Jio Phone users in India.
Aarogya Setu app is also helping the Indian government in tracing the spread of the virus. The medical team of Ayushhman Bharat is contacting the people who have shared their health data on the app for further investigation of their health. The Ayushhman Bharat has made 75,000 calls so far.
The app was made mandatory for all the central government employees as well as the migrant workers. This was done to somewhat curb the spread of the virus by informing its users if they are in a high risk or a low-risk situation.