Ethiopia launches $45,000 Coronavirus monitoring platform

Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency (INSA) has invested 1.5 million Birr ($45,000) to set up and launch an integrated Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) monitoring platform.

Launched on March 23, 2020, the web-based platform provides crucial information such as directions to the nearest pharmacies, hospitals, and police stations in the country. Individuals who develop symptoms or were in contact with people with confirmed cases can also give information to the Ministry of Health via the platform.

The system also enables users to report illegal or unauthorized activities, such as large public gatherings. People who are confirmed to be sick with the virus can also follow up on their cases and status through the platform.

INSA developed the platform to contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus, according to Shumete Gizaw, the organisation’s director-general.

Accessible via the internet and uses GPS is currently available in Amharic and English with other languages set to be added soon.

Apart from the current Covid-19 pandemic, the platform will also be used to monitor other future epidemics that may emerge in future.

The platform is currently being managed and maintained by 13 staff – six from INSA and seven who have been seconded from the Ministry of Health, according to Addis Fortune.

According to the latest update – that is as of April 1, 2020, – 26 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 in Ethiopia with the latest patient being a 42-year old Ethiopian man who arrived back to the country from Australia on March 18, 2020 before he was put in the 14-day quarantine.

Ethiopia has also announced that it has postponed its parliamentary elections which were initially scheduled for August due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


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