Uganda Govt Launches Mobile App to Make Covid Diagnosis Convenient

Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health during the launch of the App.

The Ministry of ICT in partnership with the Ministry of Health and support from CTI-Africa  have launched a Mobile App that will help in curbing the spread of COVID 19.

The “Call The Clinic” (MOH – CTC) App is the latest generation application with world class  real time data visualization and analysis using digital maps.

The application will facilitate remote patient diagnosis and instant MOH notifications. The  Government of Uganda through Ministry of Health, wants to ensure that in the near  future, symptomatic patients will be able to have  immediate access to health agents via voice and video call. 

“In the coming days, we should be more vigilant on fighting the spread of the Coronavirus, and I am confident that with the application we will be able to provide timely medical information and immediate action, this will  also let us get back to our normal routines faster,” said Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.

She also added that systems such as these are revolutionizing  healthcare in Uganda.

“This is the beginning of a new era in medical care in Uganda.”

The App is a simple practical solution in line with Ministry of Health efforts to digitize healthcare services. Individuals will have access to both informative and educative information from the Ministry of Health on the latest updates and statistics.  

Through the Application, the  public is also educated  on the symptoms and preventive  measures against COVID-19. The local  community is able to send anonymous notifications of local symptomatic patients. 

“If there is anything we have learnt in this COVID-19 era, it is that whether we want or not, or have  systems or not, we must embrace  technology. COVI-19 has changed the way we conduct business and services, it will never be the same again,” said Vincent Bagiire,  Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT & National Guidance. 

The Application is easy to use, a patient using android can download the app from the google play store or access the link on the Ministry of Health website, register his/her credentials in  the spaces provided and will be provided  with a welcome screen to call the clinic (CTC). 

With  the information provided, doctors  can remotely diagnose patients and all necessary action will be taken.  

In  this  COVID 19 period, the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance  has provided extensive support that include continuous support  to the Communication and Sensitization programme on all media platforms that include TV, radio, social media e.g. WhatsApp Chatbot, Twitter, etc. and support to the COVID-19 call Centre in form human  resources and various operational equipment.     

Additionally, the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance  recently issued out a call  for under the National ICT Initiatives  Support Program (NIISP) for innovators with solutions for health services or other public service delivery systems that can be used in this COVID period or post COVID period to apply for grants.   

The App was developed by CTI Africa, a team of young Ugandans  that are building local solutions  for local problems.

Their holistic approach in creating fresh economic and  social possibilities, through leveraging technology and best practices in agriculture, renewable energy,  financial inclusion, healthcare, and clean water is improving the quality of lives in Uganda. Our interventions, premised on  technology, deliver exponential growth and impact.

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