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Maharashtra medical education minister launches COVID Kavach app

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Maharashtra has highest number of COVID-19 recoveries as well as active cases among all states/UTs

Inaugurating the ‘COVID Kavach Mobile App’, Amit Deshmukh, Medical Education Minister, Maharashtra said that the Department of Medical Education should take initiative to make the app more accessible and used by current and past COVID-19 patients in order to track and manage COVID-19 cases.

Maharashtra has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases but as per the latest data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as of oct 7, 11 am, the state also tops the COVID-19 recoveries list with nearly 17,000 recoveries while Karnataka contributes more than 10,000 to the single day recoveries.

The national recovery rate crossed 85 per cent with recovered cases (82203) exceeding new confirmed cases (72049) again during the past 24 hours. Globally, India has the maximum number of recoveries, followed by Brazil and the US.

As per a release, also present at the launch of the COVID Kavach Mobile App were Saurabh Vijay, medical education secretary, Dr Tatyarao Lahane, medical education director, Dr Prakash Wakode, joint director, all the deans of the medical college and hospital including Ajay Chandanwale.

The app has been reportedly developed by Harakchand Savla of Jeevan Jyot Cancer and Relief Care Trust, Sunil Nair of Shastra Labs, Vijaykumar Iyer, healthcare consultant of Shastra Lab and Shivangi Kumbhar.

Commenting on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra Medical Education Minister said that although the number of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra has increased in the last few months, the number of COVID-19 patients has been declining in the last few days and the death rate has been declining. He said that efforts need to be made to find out how to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases to the maximum advantage of the COVID Kavach mobile app.

The release quoted Deshmukh explaining the importance of the ‘COVID Kavach Mobile App’ for keeping patients informed as well as monitoring them at times when those who have COVID-19 are at risk of being reinfected or are likely to develop some other disease or complications due to COVID-19. This app should be used more to keep track of COVID-19 patients, diagnose COVID-19 patients and treat them in time. For this all the superintendents of medical education department, and doctors need to take the initiative, Deshmukh said this at the time.

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