Saudi Health Council launches specialized electronic platforms to combat coronavirus

By Saudi Gazette | 21 May 2020  

RIYADH — The National Center for Health Research and Studies, one of the wings of the Saudi Health Council, has launched a number of specialized electronic platforms to provide comprehensive interactive services on coronavirus, according to a Saudi Press Agency report.

Among the new platforms, there is an interactive map to monitor numbers of coronavirus infections around the world, as well as a virtual smart assistant — "Basherbot" — to answer queries in various international languages.

The new platforms have been launched as part of the efforts made by state agencies to limit the spread of the virus by taking the necessary measures to preserve the health of citizens as well as residents in the Kingdom.

Secretary-General of the Saudi Health Council, Dr. Nahar Bin Mazki Al-Azemi, stated that the move is an extension of the preventive measures and complementary efforts made by government agencies in the Kingdom at all levels to deal with this pandemic and contain is effects and repercussions.

Dr. Al-Azemi added that the Saudi Health Council is working to provide more ambitious national projects, employing latest coronavirus-related technologies to enable and support the health sector — public and private institutions — in providing an advanced and prestigious level of health services, and preserving the health of citizens and residents in the Kingdom.

Highlighting the features of "Basherbot," General Director of the National Health Information Center Eng. Hashem Abu Bakr said: "It works with artificial intelligence to respond to inquiries and questions related to coronavirus in Arabic and English”.

It is noteworthy that the "interactive platform corona" provides information about the new virus, as well as many other features such as monitor and follow-up statistics around the world, instant updates of everything related to the COVID-19, illustrated charts and graphs, as well as displaying the latest news about the virus, educational content to educate users, in addition to a guide on quarantine facilities in the Kingdom.

The interactive map for tracking numbers and cases of coronavirus infection around the world can be accessed through the electronic portal of the National Health Information Center at the link: