Young Ghanaians create secure app that can trace all contacts of COVID-19 patients
- 6 young Ghanaians have come together to create a safe contact-tracing app that identifies everyone coronavirus patients have been in contact with
- COVIDTrace, as the app is called, is able to secure the privacy of all its users while performing its efficient duty at the same time
- The app makes the process of identifying close contacts highly efficient and simultaneously reduces the time & effort required
Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in
A group of young Ghanaians, all under 30, have created a mobile application called COVIDTrace that is able to list all contacts of people infected with COVID-19.
In an interview with YEN.com.gh, the leader of the group named Obed Dzikunu explained that the application is programmed to secure the private identity or information of the users.
At the same time, COVIDTrace uses a special coding system to identify contacts of infected people to the approved health professionals only.
READ ALSO: Ghana's confirmed cases of COVID-19 rises to 313 from 287
The team leader further explained that once the app is installed and activated by the user, it runs in the background and keeps track of anybody the user contacts without revealing their personal details.
Whenever it becomes necessary for the approved health professionals to trace contacts of people infected, they could simply sign into a special web dashboard which gives them phone numbers of the traced contacts.
Obed also reveals that his team was made up of five other brilliant young men who he identified as Christopher Nyakpo, Courage Adobor, Sekyi Emmanuel, Williams Kwabla and Oliver Boamah.
READ ALSO: COVID-19: Government announces food request hotlines for needy households
COVIDTrace would be particularly relevant to cut down on the time and effort required in the manual method of asking patients who they have been with and following up on the people.
In addition, it provides a more efficient method as some infected people are unable to recall everyone they have been in touch with over a period of time. Obed indicates he can be reached through +233(0)542019192.
In other news, a bevy of stunning Ghanaian ladies has come up with a unique version of the popular #dontrushchallenge with the use of African prints and cooking items.
The items used by the beautiful women included ladles and a special stick used in the preparation of a lovely Ghanaian dish named banku.
The usual form the #dontrushchallenge has been taking is for ladies at different places to transform their looks by simply brushing makeup equipment on the camera.
Enjoy reading our stories? Download YEN's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major Ghana news!
Accra lockdown: Fire outbreak at Haatso Agbogba | #Yencomgh
Get interactive via our Facebook page.