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Wouldnâ€™t it be really cool if there was an app that we could use to check if we and our family are at risk of contracting Covid-19, as well as one that could notify the authorities if we needed help or help us locate the nearest hospital where we could get screened?
Well, actually. The government has already made one to do that.
MySejahtera is an application developed by the government to assist the Ministry of Health in monitoring the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
The app does so by empowering its users to assess their own health risk against the virus. Through the app, users can monitor their health throughout the outbreak, get help for treatment if they get infected and locate the nearest hospital and clinic for screening and treatment. The app provides a platform for the public to connect directly with MoH.
MySejahtera was created under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342] and was a strategic cooperation between the National Security Council (NSC), Ministry of Health (MoH), Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
It can be used by all Android smartphone users running version 4.4 and above, as well as iPhone users running iOS 11 and above. Hereâ€™s how you can install the app:
- Scan the QR code above or visit this website: https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/intro/
- Insert your phone number or email address.
- After you click â€œRegisterâ€, youâ€™ll receive a one-time password (OTP) sms or email.
- Enter the OTP you received
- Enter the registration details required and then youâ€™ll see a message saying your registration was successful.
- Then download the app.
In the app, you’ll find information about Covid-19 from the Health Ministry themselves, including daily updates of the infection status in the country. The app also provides a questionnaire that will classify you according to the following:
- Low risk – Individuals with low risk of Covid-19 infection.
- Casual contact – Individuals who were likely exposed to another person infected with Covid-19.
- Close contact – Individuals who have been exposed to an infected person. This includes healthcare-associated exposure, working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom with a Covid-19 patient, travelling together with a Covid-19 patient in any kind of conveyance and living in the same household as a Covid-19 patient
- Person Under Surveillance (PUS) – Individuals who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, such as individuals with a history of travelling abroad within the last 14 days.
- Person Under Investigation (PUI) – Individuals who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, such as individuals with a history of travelling abroad within the last 14 days before the onset of symptoms or who have attended mass gatherings.
- Confirmed case – Individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19.
This information is then sent to the Ministry to keep track of your health and safety.
We downloaded the app to see how well it works and so far it seems pretty stable. For more information, you can check out the app’s FAQ. We urge you to download it yourself and keep yourself checked on a daily basis!
Good luck, happy trying and remember to social distance!
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