Cricketers getting used to COVID app

Samiur Rahman | Published: 22:12, Jun 30,2020


Mohammad Saifuddin, Aminul Islam

After facing some initial hiccups, cricketers are slowly getting the hang of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s newly launched COVID-19 wellness app and are using it to give regular health updates to the BCB’s medical team.

On June 25, BCB launched the app to track the health condition of its cricketers during this pandemic by asking the players questions designed to determine the risk of them contracting the virus.

Lack of understanding of the app’s purpose initially caused some confusion as some people thought national cricketer Mohammad Saifuddin and Aminul Islam Biplob were positive for the virus after the app slated them in the ‘Red Zone’.

BCB chief medical officer Debashis Chowdhury explained to New Age how the application worked and why both the players were assigned to ‘Red Zone’,

‘Firstly, no mobile app can detect COVID-19, so being in red zone does not mean that someone is infected with the virus. Through the app, all the users are asked some questions which are mostly related with COVID-19 infection symptoms,’ said Debashis.

‘Aminul is suffering from sinusitis; he has been taking treatment from the doctors of Evercare hospital for the past few days. So when he had to answer about breathing problems the app filtered his response into red zone as it’s a COVID-19 symptom.

‘Saifuddin had fever, so when he had to answer about body temperature, his answer triggered an alert,’ he added.

Saifuddin told New Age that the BCB medical staff responded quickly after they came to know about his fever.

‘I had a fever for two-three days, common fever I think. When I reported through the app that I had fever, BCB doctors reached out to me. They prescribed what drugs to take, what food to eat. Now I am feeling better, no fever.’

Young cricketer Nazmul Hossain, who is now enjoying mango delights in his hometown Rajshahi, said he was still getting used to with the new ‘app life’,

‘Actually it’s a pretty simple thing. I have downloaded the app in my mobile. In the morning after getting up, I just answer some questions through the app. There are seven or eight questions may be, all about general health conditions like body temperature, nausea, throat ache, runny nose etc.’

BCB’s management information system manager Nasir Ahmed, who played a vital role in the creation of the app, said after some initial confusion the players are now using the app properly.

‘Initially we faced few hiccups like problem in downloading or registration. But we fixed those things. Now we can monitor the cricketers’ health condition easily and in future we will add more features’.

‘We started with 40 cricketers, mostly nationally contracted players and some others. Soon women cricketers, Under-19 cricketers, will also come under the COVID-19 Wellness App’.

Women’s team cricketer Jahanara Alam told New Age that the process of integrating women’s cricketers had already began.

‘Our mobile number and e-mail ID has been collected. Maybe soon we have to register ourselves in the app. Right now we are answering some questions via –email.’

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