Current Affairs - April, 2019

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WhatsApp Chatbot of GoI launched to curb fake news crossed 1.7 crore users

The Government of India had earlier created Whats App Chatbot to curb fake news being spread about COVID-19 virus in the country.

About the Chatbot

The Chatbot was launched to answer all the queries related to the virus. It is designed to provide all the information related to COVID-19. At first, GoI launched MyGov Corona Helpdesk when India was in Phase I, in the spread of the disease.

The Chatbot was at first launched in the platform of Whats App as the reach here is quicker. Later it was expanded to Telegram through a MyGov Corona News desk Channel. Also, a dedicated helpdesk was launched on Facebook.

Today, there are more than 1.7 crore users of WhatsApp Chatbot

Significance

India is trying to contain the spread of the virus through every means. The Digital India that helped reach internet to masses and “National Broadband Mission” that helped take internet to remote places are now playing crucial role in spreading awareness about COVID-19. The Mission aims to provide internet

What is a Chatbot?

A Chatbot uses the technology of Artificial Intelligence. It is a computer program designed to simulate human conversations. It operates independently without a human operator. In simple terms, a computer answers queries generated by the users.

Medical Devices now to be regulated under Drugs and Cosmetics Act

On February 11, 2020, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that medical devices are to be brought under Drugs and Cosmetics act (DCA). This is to come into effect from April 1, 2020

Highlights

According to the regulation, every product that is used to treat a patient will now be under the ambit of DCA. It includes MRI, CT scan, thermometer, dialysis machines, etc. A list of 37 devices has been included. This includes medical devices used on animals as well.

Drugs and Cosmetics Act

The DCA regulates manufacture, distribution and import of drugs in India. It was passed in 1940. The act was prepared based on the recommendations of Chopra Committee that was constituted in 1930.

The term Drug in the act includes substances and diagnostic devices as well. The act provides guidelines for sale, display, prescription and storage of drugs. The act has so far been amended in 7 times.

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