A group of students who launched a website to verify information on social media to support Covid patients is now helping Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) fight against the pandemic with genuine leads for the state’s integrated Covid management system portal.
After TOI reported the students’ initiative, officials got in touch with them and, after several meetings, it was decided that the group will provide KMC with verified leads on free services like safe homes, food delivery, oxygen facilities, telemedicine and volunteers.
A senior government official said the Integrated Covid Management System was launched to provide up-to-date information related to hospital vacancy and admission, ambulances and oxygen across the state. “We approached the Dhoond team to help us with verified leads to upload on the government website so that all resources are in one place. This helps people to find what they need quicker,” the official said.
Samriddho Ghosh, co-founder of Dhoond 1.0, said, “We are providing new sets of verified leads to KMC every day. The information on free oxygen facilities, safe homes, food delivery and telemedicine are being verified by my teammates before sending it. We are also trying to gather data of the districts so that we can verify them and help the government and KMC.”
Another co-founder, Shrestha Baisnab, has lost three of her family members to Covid in the last six months.
“We are happy to help the state with verified leads in the fight against Covid,” she said, saying that she hoped that collective participation of people from all sections of the society will help overcome this pandemic.
The website — www.dhoond.epizy.com — has 30,000 users till date. The volunteers comprising Hridraj Biswas, Debanjali Mitra, Ishita Gupta, Sayak Dasgupta, Riya Bahety, Vedant Mozumdar, Aban Mondal, Sambhobi Bagchi, Subhosri Dhar, Ayushi Dutta and Arshia Roy are encouraged and are balancing both verifying leads for the government as well as for their own website so that the site remains updated.
Source: Times of India