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Health authority encourages download of new contact tracing app

Members of the public and establishments across the country are being encouraged to download and use Contak, a contact tracing app launched by the Ministy of Health last week.

The QR code-based application allows users to keep a private log of the places they visit and individuals they meet on their phone. Accurate information of their movements can then be shared with the Contact Tracing team in the Public Health Authority (PHA) if they test positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Contacting tracing apps are gaining more prominence worldwide as countries continue to respond to COVID-19. Contak is easily downloaded onto smartphones from Playstore. After registering unto the app, a can scan an establishment’s unique QR code using the app to register their visit or that of another individual’s.

Once the QR code is scanned, the details remain on the individual’s phone.

To facilitate adoption of the app, establishments are encouraged to, print several copies of their posters containing the QR code and to display them at easily accessible locations to facilitate scanning by clients.

Unveiling the app to the media and several stakeholders of the Ministry of the Health, the Public Health Comissioner, Dr Jude Gedeon asked individuals to use the app widely. He described the application as another important tool, alongside the COVID-19 vaccine, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Establishments can register for posters by different methods, and these are:

1. Fill up the QR Code Generator Form
2. Download the ‘Contak’ App in Play Store and Register as an Entity
3. Email contak@health.gov.sc and give us the following details (Business Name, Address, Contact Name, Contact No, and Email Address). We will send you the pdf copy of the poster to print by email.

Contak was developed in partnership with the Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT), Space 95 and Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).

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NOTICE

Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.

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Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.