Kolkata: A group of students have launched a website to verify information that appears on social media to support Covid patients with genuine leads. The website, http://dhoond.epizy.com, was designed to ensure that patients do not fall prey to black traders when there is a shortage of oxygen cylinders and drugs.
As India battles the second wave of Covid-19, social media is inundated with information related to Covid, some of which is false and unverified.
So it’s a huge challenge to authenticate leads from this vast ocean of data. Students of JU, Scottish Church College, St Xavier’s University and St Xavier’s College are associated with this initiative and they do this work day in and day out from their homes.
Shrestha Baisnab, a student at the University of Jadavpur, said: âFor the past two weeks all we could see on social media were leads for oxygen cylinders, intensive care beds, the plasma and drugs. The common information in all of these posts was that people were posting their locations, in the hope that they would get their needs in and around them. That’s when this idea was born to help people in this global crisis. ”
The group uses data from the crowd and location information to make it easier for people to identify leads on oxygen, intensive care beds, food delivery, blood and plasma near their homes. locations. âWith so much unstructured location-based data, we tried to give a proper representation to verified leads in the form of a responsive map for the user,â said Samriddho Ghosh, another JU student. He added that with the help of location data, they can predict oxygen demand cylinders and plasma donors, who help their eight-member team verify more information and quickly upload it to the website.
âIn times of uncertainty and fear, what matters most is authentic information. We provide verified leads so that patients’ families do not fall victim to fraud and can also save time in emergency situations, âsaid Debanjali Mitra, a student at Scottish Church College.
However, the biggest challenge is to verify if the conductors of the oxygen cylinders, intensive care beds and food delivery are genuine. âIn most cases, leads are exhausted within minutes of posting. Sometimes people don’t take the calls or charge an exorbitant amount, âsaid Hridraj Biswas, a student at St Xavier’s University, adding that they check every lead before uploading it to the website where they regularly post. update existing data.
The group is set to launch their app soon, designed by Aban Mandal, another JU student.