COVID-19: BMC enlightens senior citizens on Sachetak App functions, benefits


Bhubaneswar: With an aim to protect senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic by addressing their various health issues, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) organized an awareness programme at Biju Patnaik Park in the Capital City on Wednesday morning to help the elderly population, especially senior citizens to understand the functionality and benefits of the Sachetak App.

The app, developed by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, and commissioned by BMC, exclusively meant for the co-morbid and senior citizens in the Odisha capital.

More than 50 senior citizens from different parts of the city attended the first edition of the programme between 6 am to 7 am with a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity to know about the mobile application.

During the one-hour long programme, Subrat Panda, Joint Secretary to Government, Water Resources Department and Senior Supervising Officer, COVID-19, BMC joined the event as Chief Speaker and spoke about the benefits of the App, especially online doctors’ consultation facility.

How to download:

The Sachetak app is currently available for download on the Google play store on all android phones and one can view it on also.

Users can register using their mobile number and a one-time password (OTP). After registering, one has to enter the following:

  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Ward of residence in Bhubaneswar
  • Address
  • Comorbidity or existing diseases
  • Any type or surgery etc.
  • Caregiver and doctor details

This database will help identify people at risk. The BMC can also use this data to plan healthcare camps in advance for a particular area where vulnerable groups are present.

Benefits of the App:

  • Explore resources shared on COVID protection
  • Consulting a doctor online for specific diseases
  • View responses from doctors
  • View updates on COVID quarantine, positive cases, etc in their ward as well as other wards and

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  • Update their profile if necessary
  • Share feedback & refer friends and family

Among other officials, Purandar Nanda, Deputy Commissioner BMC and Debashish Sahoo, Deputy Commissioner (GST), Bhubaneswar Circle coordinated the programme along with the staff of BMC South East Zone.

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