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Grab teams up with ministry to provide free online COVID-19 screening

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, April 4, 2020  /  03:50 pm
Grab teams up with ministry to provide free online COVID-19 screening

The Health Ministry is collaborating with ride-hailing application Grab and Good Doctor Technology Indonesia (GDTI) to provide a special service for COVID-19 screening. (Shutterstock/Jirapong Manustrong )

The Health Ministry is collaborating with ride-hailing application Grab and digital health platform Good Doctor Technology Indonesia to provide a special service for COVID-19 screening.

The service allows people to check their COVID-19 risk status by filling out a series of questions through the Grab application submenu GrabHealth.

The ministry’s secretary-general Oscar Primadi said the service would be connected with doctors and available for access 24 hours a day.

“We hope this screening service will help the public identify their risk level. The doctor will later give a recommendation in line with the ministry’s COVID-19 health protocol upon seeing the result,” Oscar said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He added the online screening would help prevent the coronavirus from spreading further, as people would not need to go to hospitals, which were already overwhelmed with many patients.

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People using the service would receive medical recommendations from doctors regarding their health condition, as well as the latest updates on COVID-19.

If the screening points to a user having mild to low risk, doctors would recommend they practice self-quarantine. However, if the results show a high risk, doctors would suggest the user go for a check-up to at the nearest hospital.

Grab Indonesia managing director Neneng Goenadi said the GrabHealth feature allowed users in 234 cities across the country to access information on the disease.

“We will publish information and educational material from the Health Ministry on this application. The health consultation service through this app is also free of charge,” Neneng said. (dpk)

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