As part of efforts to improve and accelerate government’s response to the challenges of the pandemic, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government of the 4th Republic of Ghana, will launch a computer/mobile program or software application called “GH COVID-19 Tracker”.
The app is free to download mobile software app, powered by the Ministry of Communication, will premiere on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM, and would be accessible on Android and iOS devices after its launch. The app is originally intended for productivity assistance which will augment the state’s efforts in identifying and tracing any one who has come into contacts with persons carrying the COVID -19 virus.
At the launch, users would be trained to find their way around the App. The app is user friendly and available via portal, applications (iOS, Android) and other messaging platforms such that those without smart devices can make use of it as well. It can be accessed through the USSD code *769# on all networks. The Q&As on the app are in six (6) languages which makes it accessible to everyone without language barrier.
The features of the application aides in checking for Covid-19 symptoms and pertinent risk factors, it answers Covid-19 questions, subject geographical location, dashboard and reporting and most importantly digital assistance. The system’s data is encrypted such that no personal information (Name, ID or address) is recorded on the platform. Rather, the app would record people’s GPs location as they move.
The event will garner the presence of notable dignitaries, including the Vice President of Ghana; Dr. Alhaji Bawumia, Minister of Communications; Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP for the Awutu Senya West Constituency; George Andah, Tech Gurus etc. It will also attract illustrious media personalities who will propagate the use of the app to the “less privileged” in the society.
Therefore, all Ghanaians are encouraged to use the app so that testing can be done at the early stages. In a likelihood that one person tests positive, alerts would be sent to everyone who has been in contact with the said person to self-isolate without being told who the affected person is. The contact persons would then be taken through measures to ascertain their status as well and given the needed attention and care. Early detection would save lives.
However, Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, professionally known as Shatta Wale, Highlife artiste, Kuami Eugene and others will entertain patrons who would gather at the soiree to witness the launch of the mobile software application.