Johannesburg – International sporting and leisure occasions in addition to worldwide travellers may return to South Africa within the close to future due to revolutionary new expertise which delivers fast Covid-19 checks and vaccinations.
Well being Passport Worldwide, the digital well being system not too long ago launched in South Africa, goals to help the struggling health-care sector and allow job creation at a time when the economic system is reeling from the consequences of Covid-19.
Founder Robert Quirke stated that the cell app, which is ready to take a look at 550 individuals an hour for Covid-19, goals to resurrect these industries which had been devastated by the worldwide well being disaster, together with the ailing tourism sector.
“In a single day a world tourism business closed down, airports – like Cape City Worldwide, that sees 11 million passengers a 12 months – shut down, with a 90% drop in worldwide site visitors.
“This, coupled with jobs losses that left households with no hope on the horizon for over a 12 months, spurred the necessity to get life again on monitor once more.
“The system then turns into a bridge to the broader world, serving to to open up journey, sports activities, occasions and companies.”
Well being Passport Worldwide, an app which may be downloaded at no cost from app shops on any smartphone, permits individuals to shortly and simply obtain their take a look at outcomes, and robotically delivers the licensed paperwork on to their cell.
“The superior set-up signifies that 275 individuals can simply be examined each hour, and as demand will increase, this will scale up in a single day to 550 individuals an hour,” stated Quirke.
Well being Passport Worldwide was engineered in Europe final 12 months by the ROQU Group which has beforehand collaborated with worldwide state companies’ financial growth and strategic problem-solving initiatives.
This month it was formally launched in South Africa with the introduction of its flagship testing centre at The Lookout Waterfront in Cape City.
“The system has already been confirmed in South Africa, when in December final 12 months, a reside music occasion referred to as Recharge 2020 was staged utilizing the Well being Passport tech,” Quirke stated.
“Forward of the live performance, all attendees, together with workers and performers, downloaded the app and on the day of the occasion, everybody was examined for Covid-19 utilizing the most recent fast antigen checks which might be already validated to be used in South Africa.
“They had been then safely scanned into the occasion to offer the bottom ranges of danger potential.”
Quirke is conscious of privateness issues concerning cell expertise and for that reason, Well being Passport Worldwide doesn’t monitor the person’s location via Bluetooth or GPS, doesn’t share any information with third events and doesn’t monitor individuals’s utilization of the system.
Well being Passport cell expertise additionally eliminates the potential for fraud and faux paper paperwork, which regularly causes havoc at worldwide borders and airports.
“Through the use of the safe cell system, the airport and airways can scan individuals’s QR code, just like a boarding cross, making all the course of streamlined and serving to to shortly get planes flying once more,” stated Quirke.
As the general platform solely works with checks and vaccinations that are administered by medical professionals, it additionally offers efficiencies for each the health-care sector and the general public.
Qurike is optimistic that the digital well being system may end result within the return of sporting and different leisure occasions in South Africa.
“With main sporting occasions deliberate, such because the British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour and the Cape City Cycle Tour, the expertise, expertise and testing course of permits these main initiatives to be safely hosted in South Africa.”
Well being Passport Worldwide may not but have entered the mainstream well being business but, however Quirke stated they had been working with the federal government to introduce their expertise at varied ranges and for varied industries.
“We’re working with the best ranges of authorities and authorities our bodies to attempt to make it occur for the nation.”
Whereas the system is acclaimed for the style by which it delivers swift coronavirus take a look at outcomes, it has additionally proved helpful for Covid-19 vaccinations.
“Together with testing, the system also can home a digital file of individuals’s vaccination, making every thing simply accessible at any time when it’s required,” Quirke stated.
Well being Passport Worldwide can also be at the moment enrolling Covid-19 testing centres throughout South Africa and desires to help the environment friendly deployment of vaccinations.
“The expertise is out there to the health-care sector and to the general public at no cost in an effort to assist reopen the economic system and society,” Quirke stated.