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Indian Air Force launches its first mobile health app ‘MedWatch’

Oct 10, 2018 14:58 IST
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The Indian Air Force launched an innovative mobile health application called ‘MedWatch’ on October 8, 2018, on the occasion of its 86th anniversary. It was launched by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff.

The app has been conceived by the doctors of IAF and developed in-house by the Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) with zero financial outlay.

Key Functions of the App

The app ‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, scientific and authentic health information to air warriors and citizens of India.

It comprises a host of features including information on basic first aid, health topics and nutritional facts.

It also contains reminders for timely medical review, vaccination and utility tools like health record card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links.

It has been made available on the website - www.apps.mgov.gov.in.

Significance

‘MedWatch’ is the first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces. It is an initiative of the Indian Air Force.

Before its launch, it was displayed and showcased to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Air Force Day

The Air Force Day is celebrated every year on October 8 to pay rich tribute to the untiring efforts and supreme sacrifice made by veterans, who laid a strong foundation for the service.

It was celebrated for the first time on October 8, 1932. The day was observed to increase the awareness about the importance of Indian Air Force in any organisation of the national security.

The Indian Air Force has been involved in various operations and wars including World War II, Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Sino-India War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Operation Cactus, Operation Vijay, Kargil War, Congo Crisis, Operation Poomalai and Operation Pawan.

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