GUWAHATI: In view of the outbreak of COVID-19, home quarantine is a necessary step to contain the spread. But it was also felt than an appropriate system should be developed to monitor these quarantined people on a daily basis in order to keep an eye on their health. In this regard, the Kamrup (Metro) District has introduced a Mobile App based solution called COVID Suraksha, which may be used for this purpose.
The District Administration had formed Surveillance Teams consisting of members of ASHA, ANM and MPW (Multipurpose Worker). Each quarantined citizen was assigned one Surveillance team. But there was no proper mechanism available with the District Administration to monitor the functioning of the Surveillance team i.e whether they have visited each of the quarantined members. Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) having confronted with such scenario, requested the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to provide and IT based solution. NIC, Assam State Centre suggested that COVID Suraksha may be used for this purpose. It has already been successfully implemented in Hojai district of ASSAM. The software has two parts – one is a wed based application portal and the other is the mobile app. The solution is a simple, user friendly and most effective one. At first, details of each of the quarantined members were collected and entered in the portal as a part of registration process, QR Code for each of the quarantined members were generated from the portal. The QR Code were printed and pasted on the front of the house of each of the quarantined members. The Surveillance Team during their visit will scan the QR code of the Quarantined members and fill a simplified questionnaire about patient’s health whether having fever, cough etc. and send the same directly to the server using the app. The Kamrup Metro District Administration can now view the status of each of the quarantined member, submitted by the Surveillance Team members, from the Dashboard.
COVID Suraksha has been successfully rolled out in the Kamrup Metropolitan district, in collaboration with the district units of NHM and IDSP and at present covers 2,169 persons under home quarantine.