South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) has launched a Covid-19 digital self-assessment tool called HealthCheck.
HealthCheck is a daily self-screening tool which allows for early detection and management of Covid-19 within Post School Education & Training Institutions. The information is fed into the Department of Health tracking and tracing system to ensure safety at tertiary institutions
The Department of Higher Education & Training has strongly recommended making the HIGHER HEALTH HealthCheck part of our daily routine in attempt to curb and combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Learners will be able to use HealthCheck to self-assess their Covid-19
risk by completing a few simple questions. Based on their answers and their
symptoms or exposure history, they will be classified as low, moderate or high
risk and suggested actions or guidelines will be recommended based on this
classification. Actions could include remote medical advice or a suggestion to
visit a nearby healthcare facility.
Importantly, all data from HealthCheck will remain private and secure and will only be used by the NDoH and NICD to map possible infections or future outbreaks and input into epidemiological models to inform decision-making on the national response to Covid-19.
HealthCheck is available on USSD for those without access to airtime or internet, with network operators MTN, Telkom and Vodacom having made access to the USSD line free.
The USSD version is available by dialling *134*832# where people are prompted to follow the menu instructions and answer a series of short questions.
The questions that are asked on the USSD line include location (province and town), age category, symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat), exposure to infected people and acceptance of terms and conditions and confirmation that the NDoH can contact them.
The risk-assessment screening tool has also been added to the list of menu items on the NDoH’s Covid-19 Connect WhatsApp Helpline
Learners with smart phones can access the questionnaire through the following link - https://healthcheck.higherhealth.ac.za/