Soon Ghanaians are going to get free and quick health updates on outbreaks of infectious diseases as the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is about introducing a Global Epidemic Prevention app in the country.
The app will as well provide information on the closest medical centre to go for prompt treatment.
This is the product of a partnership between the Health Service and the largest telecommunications company in South Korea — Korea Telecom.
It follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ghana Health Service and Korea Telecom in 2018. The purpose of the partnership is to help fight diseases outbreaks through the use of innovative technology.
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, addressed the launch of the Global Epidemic Prevention app in Accra. He said the app will give updates on epidemics to regulators of the health industry in the country.
As well, the app will provide alerts to users for them to know there is an outbreak in a certain location. The Director General also added that the Global Epidemic Prevention app will provide users with info on the nearest health centres to seek medical attention.
He said, “The introduction of the Global Epidemic Prevention Platform (GEPP) mobile app is further improvement in our surveillance system to early detect highly infectious pathogens at our borders and within the country.”
The director also made it clear that the purpose of the info collected will be used to maintain active surveillance of disease and public health events. A national public health system will be built with the data “so that we can rapidly investigate reports and access public risk”.
The app, Global Epidemic Prevention Platform app, basically uses the analysed data it has collected to guide people on preventing epidemics. It also helps to establish better monitoring systems that will make it easy for health personnel to assess infection risk at the initial stage of an outbreak.