Eye on digital tools to aid Covid-19 fight as flights resume
HEALTH & SCIENCE | By Jael Mboga | July 31st 2020
Dr Koki Mutua, Public Health director, on Friday said starting tomorrow passengers will be provided with a link from the airlines or booking agents to access a surveillance form.
A health desk set in place will have the passengers fill more details on their health. Passengers will be required to share their temperature readings for 14 days through the app.
Those who do not share the details will be traced and questioned, but Dr Mutua stated that the success of the procedure relies on passengers' compliance.
Through the application christened mSafari, Public Service Vehicles (PSV) operators and passengers will be required to provide critical data that will help trace back the movements of infected or suspected cases.
Matatus, taxis and motorbike operators will be required to collect contact details of every passenger which will automatically register on the mSafari platform.
All PSVs, including their owners and respective saccos will be required to enrol on the platform using their vehicle registration numbers.
Meanwhile, WHO added that it is essential to proactively communicate to the public through traditional media, social media and other channels about the rationale for gradually resuming international travels, the potential risk of travel and the measures required to ensure safe travel.
This is essential to build trust in travel advice, increase compliance with health advice and prevent the spread of rumours and false information.
"Timely and accurate communication on changes in international travel should target the general public, travellers, operators of the transport sector, health authorities and operators in other relevant sectors."
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