Now get authentic information on COVID-19

Bhopal: Residents of Madhya Pradesh have got their own helpline on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to receive the latest and authentic information around COVID-19.

The new move has been taken up by the Public Relations department with a view to provide credible updates related to the ongoing pandemic. Named as “MP Government Corona Infodesk” the new service is available as a chatbot service.

It can be used to receive details around the key signs, symptoms, hospitals, facts and other information related to Coronavirus on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Additionally, the users can also access to helpline numbers and government authorised hospitals for screening and testing the disease. The service can be accessed by simply saving the number +91-78349-80000 in your phone contacts and then sending a message with the word ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp. The services are available in Hindi language.

On Facebook Messenger just go to the link: m.me/jansampark.madhyapradesh and follow the same process of just sending a Hi. The services have been developed in association with the Facebook Inc.

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the service here on Tuesday. He said

“We are doing every bit possible to keep our residents safe. While I urge them to be safe at home, I also urge them to rely on authentic news.”

He also thanked Facebook Inc. for the support in these challenging times on the services in a Tweet.

The new services will allow residents to get authentic information on the imminent issue and save them from any type of fake news and misinformation. Other options on the services can be accessed by replying with corresponding number in the initial message.

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