Kisumu County has become the first county in Kenya to launch a self assessment mobile app for monitoring Covid-19 symptoms. The mobile app, called COVIDCONNECT, will enable the residents of Kisumu County to carry out self checks for symptoms that may be caused by the coronavirus from the comfort of their homes.
The app has been developed as part of a partnership with Pharmacccess and Maseno University where the County is hosting the County Covid-19 Toll Free Call centre.
This service branded LUSCII APP is available for free on Google playstore and the Apple store and can be downloaded by persons of 18 years and above. The users are expected to sign up for the service and daily record their symptoms such as cough, fever, breathing rate and sore throat among other conditions after which a team of medical doctors will evaluate the symptoms and provide the user with the required medical support.
The launch of the app comes at a time when the government is developing protocols for home-based care and will give the users daily updates thereby reducing the need to visit hospitals for checks related to Coronavirus symptoms.
“It is important to note that this app does not replace medical interventions but only compliments the processes. In terms of preparedness in combating this disease, we have procured 300 more beds for Covid isolation wards, bringing the number of beds to 387.The 300 beds will be installed and ready for use by Saturday. Together with my Deputy Dr. Ochieng’ Owili, Maseno VC Prof. Julius Nyabundi and a team from Pharmaccess earlier this morning during the launch of LUSCII APP. Maseno University, Town Campus, July 2nd, 2020,” stated Kisumu County Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o on social media.