Upset over the repeated news of people being affected by dengue and swine flu, a Class 10 student has developed an app for providing assistance to patients of these diseases.
The app, developed by the 17-year-old Sahil Yadav, a resident of Bharti Niketan Colony, Bhopal, has benefitted more than 200 patients and has been downloaded by about 2,000 people.
“I used to read about swine flu patients in various newspapers every day. I felt very bad, so I decided to design an app for them. Later, the chief medical and health officer of Bhopal Dr Veena Sinha motivated me to design an app for dengue too,” said Sahil.
He said students in schools and other people, whom he used to meet during the swine flu outbreak, were scared of the disease and used to think of every seasonal infection as swine flu. He said he designed the app to spread awareness about the two diseases among the people.
The app provides information about swine flu and dengue in two languages: Hindi and English.
It lists out the preventive measures, home treatments and contains a list of helpline numbers for the two diseases.
If a person clicks on the helpline option, a form is displayed.
The form, which asks for the basic information about the person, needs to be filled out, after which it will be forwarded to government helplines in the district hospital, Hamidia Hospital and Katju Hospital.
These government health centres will then contact the suspected patients and offer consultation, if required.
Many celebrities from the city have appreciated the app and Yadav is planning to visit chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on April 2.
Sahil, who studies at Scope School in Bhopal, wants to be a software developer in the future.
He said the app would be available at the Google Store for downloads.
Yadav added that he was planning to develop another app called ‘My Health’ which would provide assistance to people in other illnesses too.