Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday, the Minister of Communications during President Akufo-Addo’s first term divulged that some individuals out of their free will volunteered to develop the app for the country.
She said “Many countries, at the onset of the pandemic, tried to use technology to assist them in contact-tracing, and for people to self-report to give an overview of what is happening in the various countries to enable the health authorities handle the situation.”
“Certain public-spirited individuals extended all kinds of support to the government, and some companies also offered to put their expertise at the disposal of the government, which we gladly accepted, resulting in the creation of the Tracker app. The app didn’t cost the government a pesewa. We did not pay anything for the app,” she insisted.
On 13 April 2021 Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia launched the GH COVID-19 Tracker App to fight the deadly contagion in Ghana.
During the virtual launch, Dr. Bawumia said, “It will help us easily track people with the virus, [and] those who have had contact with others. It is also useful in quarantine reliability, in case certain individuals need self-quarantine.”
“We have tested 37,954 people and if you look at Africa alone, the data seems to show the total number of tests is under 10,000 and Ghana has tested 37,954 of the said number and we’ve increased the testing centres to six but what is significant with Ghana’s approach is we are chasing the virus and trying to get ahead of it,” Dr. Bawumia added.
The App has, however, been greeted with criticisms with many questioning its efficiency. .
By: Bernard Ralph Adams