Facebook launches Messenger app to health authorities to provide vital information about the coronavirus pandemic
- Facebook wants to connect its Messenger developers with health authorities
- Partnership seeks to help disseminate valuable information about COVID-19
- The health ministries of Argentina and Pakistan have already joined
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Facebook is opening its Messenger app to healthcare organizations to keep people informed of vital information about the coronavirus pandemic.
In one blog post Facebook said on Monday that it is expanding its development resources to governments so they can develop apps and robots that can alert people when an update is relevant.
“We are partnering with our developer community to provide free services to government health organizations and United Nations health agencies to help them use Messenger to tailor their response to the COVID-19 crisis,” said the company in a statement.
Facebook opens Messenger application to health authorities to help spread important information about new COVID-19 coronavirus
Among the governments that have already started to take advantage of the program, the Argentine Ministry of Health, which uses Botmaker.com to create an application that can answer questions from the public about coronaviruses and … provide quick, reliable and official advice 24 hours a day one day. ‘
UNICEF and the Pakistan Ministry of Health are also using Messenger to share information according to Facebook.
“The Messenger experience allows [us to] support and serve citizens seeking up-to-date information on the coronavirus, while keeping our helpline open for more critical cases, “said a spokesman for the Pakistani Minister of Health in a statement.
To help increase the number of solutions available, Facebook is also creating a “ hackathon ” where developers invent solutions that disseminate educational information or even help connect people during social distancing.
Likewise, Facebook used its famous WhatsApp messaging app to deliver vital information during an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, the “ WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub ” marries Facebook’s partner company with WHO and UNICEF to provide reliable information to users.
He says the service provides “simple, actionable advice” to the various people most affected by the current crisis.
This includes health workers, educators, community leaders, non-profit organizations, local governments and businesses.