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People in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can ask to go to the grocery store through the app


With just a few simple steps on the Zalo application, people with mobility problems can ask others to buy food, food and medical equipment for them.

Zalo Connect is one of many anti-epidemic technology platforms being managed by the National Center for Technology for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

This anti-epidemic platform is now integrated as a feature on the Zalo application. Users can access this feature at the top of the Zalo Log page. Depending on their needs, they can choose either “I need help” or “I want to help”.

The main function of Zalo Connect is to help people seek emergency help from the community for food, medicine, necessities or quickly connect with doctors and medical experts for medical advice from far.

Recently, Zalo Connect has also put into operation two new features: registering a point of sale and asking others to go to the market for them. These are two additional features besides the function of detecting difficult cases and seeking help.

The Zalo Connect platform has added a feature to go to the grocery store. Photo: Trong Dat

Specifically, essential sales points, people in need of shopping and household shoppers can find each other on the platform. Accordingly, volunteers who go to the market and sell points will register on Zalo Connect.

For those who have difficulty moving, they can go to the Zalo application, look for help around to ask others to buy food, food, and medical equipment.

The platform has pre-made forms for necessary items such as food, medical supplies, etc. Volunteers who go to the market only need to choose an item and an address for the community to contact. Those who need help to go to the market will actively send messages to volunteers to send their request.

With just a few simple steps on the Zalo application, people with mobility problems can ask others to buy food, food and medical equipment for them. Photo: Trong Dat

The Zalo Connect relief connection platform has now been deployed in 21 provinces and cities across the country. These localities include Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Dong Nai and Binh Duong and many provinces and cities that are implementing social distancing according to Directive 16 in the southern region.

As of August 22, there were 30,565 people participating in supporting difficult situations with about 60,982 times of help on Zalo Connect. This number has continuously increased rapidly since the platform went live.

According to the platform developer’s statistics, the number of requests for food accounts for the majority with about 94% of requests for help. In addition, 35% of people ask for help with necessities, 3% for medical advice and 14% want help with medicines and medical supplies.

Buying food, necessities and medical supplies are very legitimate needs of the people. This demand is especially great in localities that are implementing social distancing according to Directive 16. Therefore, when the feature of asking for groceries on the Zalo Connect platform is implemented, this technology solution will be partly removed. solve problems for those in need.

Trong Dat

People stay at houses on the street, ask for salmon, Kobe beef on the relief platform

People stay at houses on the street, asking for salmon and Kobe beef on the relief platform

Since the Zalo Connect platform to help people with relief and sharing has been deployed, there have been many cases that have caused relief workers to cry and laugh during the epidemic season.

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