Ghana launches COVID-19 tracker app
Ghana has launced GH COVID-19 Tracker, an app that will be used to track COVID-19 cases in the country.
During the launch of the app, Ghana Vice President, Dr. Bawumia, who is also the Chairman of Ghana's COVID-19 Daily Monitoring Team, noted that Government’s reliance on data of cases have become Ghana's biggest weapon in the fight against the Coronavirus. "Data is our most powerful weapon in the fight against Covid-19. You cannot fight what you cannot see," he said.
Apart from the vigorous preventive campaign the government has launched, the decision to close down the county's ports of entry, ban public gatherings and institute a partial lockdown in some parts of the country, the Vice President said, Government has resorted to a scientific way of curbing the spread of the Coronavirus by relying on data from various sources to identify suspected individuals for a quick response.
The V.P. continued to say that the app will significantly boost government’s main strategy in combating the virus, which he labeled as "the three T" strategy of testing, tracing contacts and treatment.
"Our focus has been on tracing, testing, treatment, as well as observing social distancing and these have been made possible through data, and this COVID-19 Tracker will significantly help,” he said.
With the launch of the GH COVID-19 tracker app, Ghana's COVID-19 team has a mobile app with rapid response features for contact tracing and symptoms tracking, which will ultimately lead to more testing - a development the Vice President described as a great step.
"The launching of the GH COVID-19 Tracker App is yet another step by the government to leapfrog technology in finding solutions to the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking around the world. This is another weapon in our arsenal. It will provide us real time data and allow a quick, early response by our professionals," Dr. Bawumia said.
The COVID-19 Tracker App, through the common platform of mobile networks, is able to trace contacts of persons infected by the virus, show where they have been in recent time, through various telephone related data, and link such people to health professionals for urgent action to be taken.
The app, through same telephone related data, is also able to report contacts which are, or have recently been to COVID-19 hit countries, as well as track whether individuals required to self-quarantine, are indeed doing so.
Countries such as China, South Korea and the United States are using this concept of crowd sourcing from phone data to manage and track persons affected by the pandemic and offer health care.