The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives dramatically and has forced governments globally to come up with solutions to fight it. Like other governments, Ghana has launched COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App
We are in the digital age and it is not a surprise when governments use digital means to contain the pandemic.
Ghana is one of the African countries that has been testing the most in the country and now they have another weapon under their arsenal.
Yesterday, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu announced that they have launched the Ghcovid19 symptom tracker that is now available on app stores.
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The app allows Ghanaians to check your symptoms visa vis the known COVID-19 symptoms as well as answering frequently asked questions and giving advice about the disease.
In comparison, Kenya’s Ministry of Health in conjunction with Facebook launched a WhatsApp bot that shares COVID-19 facts to Kenyans.
Companies like google and apple have also come up with apps and websites to help the public do personal evaluation of their health status.
The hilarious bit is how the minister decided to use the slang name for feature phones in Ghana. In Ghana, “dumbphones” are called yam phones for some reason and if you cannot download the app with your “yam phone”, you can still use the USSD code provided.
Ghana has the highest mobile penetration in West Africa. By the end of 2019, their mobile adoption rate stood at 55% which is higher than the regional average of 44.8%.
Ghana’s population is roughly 31 million and the decision by the government to use tech for people to check out their symptoms and have peace of mind makes some sense.
Ghana has launched COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App – A good move