UP IAS officer makes website for corona advice, track patients

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) A young IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh has put his tech-savvy to good use to come up with a website which has a tool to alert authorities about a suspected coronavirus patients and at the same time offer advice to users.

The website coronajankari.com employs an interactive tool similar to that used by National Health Service in the UK to know about the coronavirus positive and suspect patients.
IAS officer Prashant Sharma, 32, said the website has been set up keeping in mind the 45-50 crore Hindi-speaking users in north and central India.
It incorporates all information related to coronavirus, government guidelines, tests and even a helpline.
Sharma said that the user can fill in details about his or her age, gender, symptoms if any, travel history, pin code of address etc on the website to know whether he or she is a suspected coronavirus patient or not.
Thereafter, the user will get advice as to whether he should visit a hospital, stay at home or call a helpline.
Since people using the website would fill up their details to know about their health status, it would help authorities take suitable action to prevent community spread of the dreaded coronavirus, the IAS officer said.
The officer had in 2016 made an aap ‘Ask UP’ that enabled users to get information on all state government policies and programmes, projects and services while sitting at home.
Sharma had done engineering in information technology before he cracked the civil service examination.
(Navneet Mishra can be contacted at navneet.m@ians.in)