@CovidIndiaSeva to share health information launched

People can pose queries and get answers in almost real time: Harsh Vardhan

Published - April 21, 2020 08:29 pm IST - New Delhi

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. File

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. File

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday launched the ‘COVID India Seva’, an interactive platform to establish a direct channel of communication during the pandemic.

The initiative is aimed at enabling transparent e-governance delivery in real-time and answering citizen queries swiftly, at scale, especially in crisis situations like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an official statement said.

Through this, people can pose queries @CovidIndiaSeva and get answers in almost real time.

The @CovidIndiaSeva works off a dashboard at the backend that helps process large volumes of tweets, converts them into resolvable tickets and assigns them to the relevant authority for real-time resolution, the statement said.

“Trained experts will share authoritative public health information swiftly at scale, helping to build a direct channel for communication with citizens,” the Minister said in a tweet.

Over time, Twitter has proved to be an essential service for both the government and citizens to interact and exchange information, especially in times of need. We are happy to make a concerted online effort by adopting the Twitter Seva solution.

“It is powered by a team of experts at our end who are trained and equipped to treat and respond to each query uniquely, and at scale. This will enable us in establishing a direct channel with citizens, connecting with them in real-time to provide authoritative health and public information,” Mr. Vardhan said.

The dedicated account will be accessible to people be it local or national in their scope.

Whether it is for the latest updates on measures taken by the government, learning about access to healthcare services or seeking guidance for someone who perhaps has symptoms but is unsure about where to turn to for help, the app will empower public to reach out to the authorities.

“It is important to note that the Ministry will respond to broader queries and public health information. This does not require the public to share personal contact details or health record details.”

On the launch of the interactive platform, Mahima Kaul, Director, Public Policy, India and South Asia, Twitter said, “We understand our role as an essential service for both the government to communicate with citizens and for the public to stay connected with each other. As #IndiaFightsCorona with social distancing, we are committed to working with the Government of India as they use the influence of social media to connect with the public at large.”

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