The swine flu onslaught has claimed nearly 1,075 lives in India. In a bid to create awareness, messaging app WeChat has launched a special official account in India called ‘Swine Flu Help’. This essentially informs users of all the symptoms, preventive measures and cure techniques for the widely spreading disease. Also Read - TikTok, WeChat coming back to the US? Biden revokes Trump's order
The account’s content has been provided by trained doctors and contains all information on Swine Flu. Categories like info, about, symptoms, prevention, treatment are available. Also Read - TikTok, 58 other Chinese apps to face permanent ban in India: Report
To access the ‘Swine Flu Help’ account, all WeChat users need to do, is follow the account. WeChat also enables and encourages sharing necessary information to other users to create further conversation and awareness about swine flu. Also Read - India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns
WeChat is pioneering this initiative with the help of health startup Lybrate. The startup company has integrated its expert doctor’s information into the app, and also allows users to get in touch with nearby doctors and even book appointments using Lybrate’s services.
Lybrate recently raised $1.23 million in funding led by Nexus Ventures last September, and is currently looking to acquire more users onto its platform.