Former Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, says work is in progress to authenticate the full vaccination status of Ghanaians.
He said the company contracted by the government of Ghana to carry on the task is working at a tortoise pace but the Ghana Health Service will ensure it will be done soon.
“I made calls on this particular matter just before coming into the studio. I talked to the Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye, a very fine public health specialist. This is what he told me, that first of all, the application thus the technology that was used to gather the data using barcode is an external one. They as Ghana Health service has software data, like surveillance data for capturing all diseases in Ghana; Malaria and everything, so that, they have access to their data but because we contracted a private company and the Health Service do not want the external company to store the data so they’re transferring all the data to their dim system (a system used for all diseases by the Ghana Health Service),” Dr. Okoe Boye said.
A hologram and QR code feature has been embedded into the existing Covid-19 user card.
It will ensure that individuals receiving the 2nd dose have qualified and are in good health for the inoculation.
There was uproar on social media with calls on the Akufo-Addo led administration to come clean and explain why Ghanaians cannot authenticate their vaccination status in hologram and QR Code as the government promised.
According to Okoe Boye, the blame should be laid at the doorstep of the company working on the QR Codes because they are delaying delivering their task.
Dr. Okoe Boye, who was speaking to the host of ‘Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV, Dr. Randy Abbey, said, “The excuse given to him, [Dr. Kuma-Aboagye] is that they can input some amount within twenty-four hours, so, they are doing 20, 000 – 25,000 a day.”
“That’s what he told me. When he required from them they said It will take some time to get all the data they have on a 365,000 to the Ghana Health Service system so that now once it’s with them then they’ll link the barcode to their data so that when you check it will show that you’re in.”
He describes the excuse as preposterous therefore he encouraged the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye to engage other IT specialists to speed up the process.
He added that the Director-General assured him his outfit is racing against time to get the work done and that the Ghana Health Service has directed the company to make available the transferred files to enable the authenticate of the full vaccination status of Ghanaians.