JORHAT, June 7 - State Health, Family Welfare, Finance, Education and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday launched a mobile App here to keep a tab on persons placed under home quarantine.
Sarma launched the app, named Covid Suraksha App, at the Zonal Screening Centre for returnees from outside Assam at the Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Mohbandha, on the western outskirts here.
The App was developed by NIC, Jorhat as per the direction of the Jorhat district administration.
Sarma said that the app was designed to keep a close watch on people under home quarantine. Persons kept under home quarantine will have to download the App, he stated.
Speaking about the features of the App, Sarma said that it provides geo-fencing of 150 metres for a home quarantined person.
�If a home-quarantined person comes out of his/her house and goes beyond 150 metres from home, then immediately an alert will go to the district administration indicating violation of the geo-fence, following which Health Department employees will reach the spot and put the person back within the geo-fencing area,� the Minister informed.
Sarma said another feature of the App was that every two hours a message will be received by a home-quarantined person on his/her mobile phone asking to send a selfie within 300 seconds of getting the message.
Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati explained that the photograph of the person along with location will state whether he/she was under home-quarantine or not and if any violation was detected, then Health Department staff will takeprompt action to put the person back under home quarantine.
She said that it was another method to ensure that home-quarantined persons completely remain quarantined and be under close monitoring so that any attempt to violate the same was detected and rectified immediately.
Korati said training on application of the said App has been given to health workers to make the initiative a successful one. The Deputy Commissioner said that initially the Covid Suraksha App was developed to keep a track on the activites of Health Department workers.
Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar visit: Earlier, the Minister while returning from Dibrugarh, visited the famous Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar at Lahdoigarh on the eastern outskirts of Jorhat city.
Sarma, accompanied by Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika, paid obeisance at the Bornamghar which was established by Madhabdev, a Vaishnavite saint who was an ardent disciple of Srimanta Sankaradeva.
Sarma also interacted with members of the management committee of the namghar.