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Poisons board launches app to report adverse effects of Covid

Kenyans can now report adverse reactions of Covid-19 vaccines and suspected poor quality medicines through their mobile phones.

This is after the Pharmacy and Poisons Board launched the mobile-based solution on Wednesday to strengthen reporting and vigilance on safety quality issues for drugs and technologies in Kenya.

The mobile solutions comes both as an app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store by dialling the USSD code *271# and can be used by both healthcare providers and the public.

Once you dial the USSD code on your phone, you will be prompted to continue either in English or Kiswahili where you will be required either to add a new report or continue filing a report.

You will also be required to indicate whether you are reporting on behalf of someone or your own behalf.

You will further include your gender, age group and a few symptoms you have experienced and what you want to report about.

The details can be about an adverse reaction or poor quality medicines.

“If the symptoms you have experienced are not on the provided list, you can go ahead and add them,” Christine Gichiki from board said.

“[You can also] provide the date of when the reaction started, whether it is ongoing and provide the name of the medicine or vaccine and when you stopped taking the medication.”

Other details you will be required to submit include the name of the manufacturer and where you got the medication from.

The same details will be requested if you decide to report using the app option.

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