Kenya's health ministry launches app for care-givers

Kenya's Ministry of health has partnered with care givers-survey platform, Care for Carers (C4C) to introduce an app to that helps medical practitioners and care-givers get timely medical care after accidental exposure to infection.

As reported by Tech news Kenya, the app aims to address risks of infection by giving health workers a tool to immediately request attention. It was developed by M-health and Nascop, and is currently in use in counties such as Kisumu, Turkana, Meru, Embu and Murang'a.

To use the app, health workers are required to log into the C4C platform and go through the registration process which records important information such as personal, employment and demographic data.

The system then provides detailed procedural advice based the MOH guidelines to the users. The application also sends follow-up messages encouraging and advising the practitioners to adhere to the requirements as well as providing information on the side effects associated with prescribed drugs.

The platform allows both county and national governments to monitor real time data on incidents of HIV exposure in facilities across the country. Data also has information on the causes as well as the departments where the most exposure exists. "Such information is crucial in making policies on safety in hospitals, thus making safer working environments," reports Tech news Kenya.

After the dose is complete, the workers need to go for HIV tests twice, with each taking place after three months. Should both tests be negative, and then the practitioner is confirmed to be HIV negative.

"All health workers exposed to HIV while undertaking their duties are advised to report the incidence swiftly using the C4C app," said Japheth Gatuku, program manager for prevention and control of infections.

According to Tech news Kenya, lack of adequate infrastructure and equipment is one of the major challenges facing health workers in the country. "Lack of aftercare systems, among others; leave them exposed to cross contamination risks. Exposure in medical facilities may result from contaminated needle sticks through accidental pricks or from surgical blades and blood splashes from patients. HIV is one of the infections which health care givers are at risk of acquiring and once infected."