Launch of GH COVID-19 Tracker App

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications(MoC)has launched a new app which will help in tracing people who have come into contact with COVID—19 positive individuals.

The user friendly and free to download mobile software application will be available for android and iOS devices.

Its intended for productivity assistance which will augment the states effort in the fight against the global pandemic.

Communications Minister,Ursula Owusu Ekuful indicated that the software will trace anyone who has come into contact with persons carrying the COVID—19 virus.

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that the gathering and availability of data has played a significant role in Ghana's battle against COVID-19 so far.

Identifying suspected cases, testing and tracing contacts of confirmed cases and treating them have become the most effective way of tackling the virus around the world, and with nearly 40,000 tests conducted so far, Ghana is ranked among the top 20 countries in the world as far as per capita testing of COVID-19 is concerned.

The Vice President, who is 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," said Dr. Bawumia.

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 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.

It can be downloaded later this week on android on ghcovid19.com.