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NAIROBI, Kenya – Three Kenyan firms have developed a mobile application, Linda app, which will help a user know if you are within the vicinity of a person who has tested positive to COVID-19.
The three firms are Silver House Caoital Ltd, E&M Investments Ltd and Segue Interactive Ltd.
In a video shared on youtube, Bob Ndubi, Silverhouse Capital Limited’s Managing Partner, is says the application will use Bluetooth technology to alert a user whenever a COVID-19 positive person is nearby thus reminding them to keep social distance.
“We are trying to look at how we can help by becoming part of the solution, and we settled on technology,” Ndubi said.
“The people who have been tested and released, their numbers are identified, such that if your Bluetooth is on and theirs is on, any time they get close to you- the Bluetooth vibrates. That is supposed to warn you to keep distance,” he added.
Africa Tembelea understands that, the app also has a self-assessment feature which is based on the guidelines by the World Health Organisation so that medics can know people who are in danger zones.
According to Ndubi, the app will help maintain the flow of information to counter COVID-19 misinformation. Through this technology, he said health officials can easily trace people who come into contact with a suspected case of coronavirus.
On his part, Eric Mungai, also partner in the development of the app, said through this mobile application, one can also do a virtual test online twice a day.
“Because this is not a medical application, if what you are feeling meets the COVID-19 case criteria, then a doctor or a Ministry of Health official will get in touch to query more,” he said.
According to Mungai, Kenyans will be able to access the mobile application in the App-store within a week.
This invention comes a couple of days after a group of 16 engineering students from Kenyatta University (KU) developed ventilators to help critically ill patients.
According to the students, the ventilator prototypes were awaiting certification and approval from the government, and were hopeful this would be done by Monday, April 13, 2020.
As at April 13, Kenya has recorded 208 cumulative COVID-19 cases with 40 patients having recovered from the respiratory disease.