New GEPP App users to get health alerts on infectious diseases
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghanaians will now start enjoying free up to date health alerts on outbreak of infectious diseases, and information about the nearest hospital or clinic for prompt medication.
Thanks to the introduction of the a Global Epidemic Prevention mobile app in the country by the Ghana Health Service in partnership with South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, Korea Telecom.
This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ghana Health Service and Korea Telecom in 2018 with the aim of fighting epidemics through the use of innovative technology.
With the roll out of the new Global Epidemic Prevention Platform (GEPP) mobile app within the Ghanaian health system, the government is hopeful to detect infectious diseases at it early stage.
Addressing participants at the launch of the new App in Accra, the Director General in charge of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare said the App will not only provide alerts to the regulator of the health industry in the country, but will also alert users to be aware of the potential infections and provide information on the nearest health institution to seek medical attention.
According to him the new health alert App will help strengthen the government’s disease surveillance capacity.
“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, he said
He further added that the sole objective of the information collected, therefore, shall be used to build a strong national public health system that is able to maintain active surveillance of disease and public health events, so that we can rapidly investigate reports and access public risk,” he said.
Global Epidemic Prevention Platform app analyses location-based information including roaming data that it collects, uses the data to guide its customers on preventing epidemics, and builds a monitoring system that helps health authorities assess infection risk at the initial stage of an outbreak.