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MTN Uganda and NITA-Uganda launch new app for tracking COVID 19 patients under Home based care.

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Friday 19th March 2021- Kampala, Uganda: MTN Uganda in partnership with NITA-Uganda

have today unveiled a new app that will be used for geo-fencing and tracking COVID 19 patients

that are under home based care.

The new app named E-pass (Electronic pass) is intended to help the Ministry of Health truck

and geo-fence the movement of COVID 19 patients under home based care thus reducing the

number of non-critical patients that get admitted in hospitals.

At the height of the pandemic, many people would be rushed to health centers, even those that

were not in critical conditions, a situation that overwhelmed health centers and also stretched

the limited resources in hospitals.

This situation led the ministry of Health to develop a Home based care policy in which non

critical patients would be cared for and monitored from their homes or other locations outside

the hospitals.

Speaking at the launch of the app, MTN Uganda General Manager for MTN Business Ibrahim

Ssenyonga said the new app will go along away to helping government and the country to better

manage resources as non-critical patients can now be monitored remotely from their locations

of isolation.

“This new app will alert the ministry of health designated officials, if in case a patient under

surveillance goes outside of the planned location boundaries. That way, the ministry can

minimize further spread, but also be able to locate some of the contacts in the areas where the

patient might have veered off to,” Mr. Ssenyonga said.

Development of the app which lasted about four months cost shs460million with package

including 400 smart phone handsets which will have been installed with the app and will be

used for monitoring.

At the height of the pandemic in Uganda, many Ugandans would storm health centers either in

critical condition or out of fear resulting from normal flu or cold and they would all demand to be

admitted.

NITA-Uganda Executive Director said that they are pleased with the solution as it will serve as a

game changer in the management of COVID 19 pandemic.

“We are very proud because of the local capacity we have to quickly develop an app of this kind

that will change the way we manage the COVID 19 pandemic in the country. This coming at a

time when the vaccine is already in the country is a big boost in government efforts to curb and

minimize the spread of the pandemic,” the Executive Director said.

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The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine thanked MTN Uganda and NITA

Uganda for this intervention saying that it takes collective effort from every one to be able to

defeat this disease.

“It is true that management of patients was quite a night mare for government and the health

centers. We were having many people coming to hospitals that didn’t need to be there. And

these were taking space for those that needed to be there the most. So this solution is very

welcome and it is a win for us as a country in the management of this pandemic,” Atwine said.

Atwine also paid special tribute to MTN who she said have really stood through thick and thin

with the ministry not only in the management of the COVID pandemic but in many other health

related initiatives over the years.

MTN Uganda was at the forefront of supporting government in the fight against COVID 19,

contributing over shs2billion in various interventions through the year 2020.

MTN Uganda and NITA-Uganda launch new app for

tracking COVID 19 patients under Home based care.

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