The World Health Organisation (WHO) is partnering with Whatsapp to curb the spread of fake news surrounding coronavirus.
This partnership was made known on twitter via it’s official page @WHO noting this will enable the organisation provide credible information directly to the people and keep them safe from the spread of Covid-19.
According to WHO, Whatsapp, has the potential to reach two billion people and will enable the agency to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.
Whatsapp is a software, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook that allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make audio and video calls, share images, documents and other media.
The WHO watsapp can be accessed through a link (http://bit.ly/who-covid19-whatsapp) that opens a conversation on WhatsApp.
“Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.”
The organisation said this is important as it will provide the latest situation reports in real-time to help decision-makers in carrying out their roles.
“From government leaders to health workers and family and friends, this messaging service will provide the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others.
“It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real-time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations,” the WHO said.
Nigeria has confirmed 22 cases of COVID-19 so far, out of which at least one has now fully recovered and discharged.
So far, no death has been recorded in Nigeria from the disease which has killed over 10,000 globally.