Covid-19 App a weapon in our arsenal – Bawumia

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawmia has said the launch of the GH Covid-19 Tracker App is further testimony of Government’s aim to rely on technology in its fight against the global pandemic.

“The launching of the GH COVID-19 Tracker App today 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 in a live teleconference during the launch on GhOne TV Monday.

The Vice President also noted government is committed to doing more testing in order to stay ahead of the virus.

“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.

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 crowdsourcing from phone data to manage and track persons affected by the pandemic and offer health care.

Source: Ghana/

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