Positive coronavirus persons to wear tracking device, govt to bear cost – Ursula Owusu

1 min


0
1.8k shares

If players in the aviation, immigration and health sector firm up government’s decision to re-opening of the borders – hopefully by September 1 as the President stated – any person who tests positive on arrival into Ghana and asked to self-quarantine may be required to wear a tracking device.

The move is to afford the state the ability to ensue proper monitoring of such person to curtail any possibility of a surge in COVID-19 cases due to importation of cases.

Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, made made this known in a statement on how the country wants to digitally track all travelers and ensure proper tracking of movements in and out of public place which have been zones as hot spots, which include conferences, hotels, churches, restaurants and pubs.

“Wearable quarantine monitoring devices may also be introduced to facilitate effective monitoring and supervision of those undergoing self-quarantine and protect health care workers and other critical staff from COVID hotspots,” Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful intimated.

The minister also noted that, the cost of the monitoring device is to be borne by government. “These new digital services shall be delivered at no cost to citizens or related government agencies as a result of collaboration with technology companies, telecom operators and technical institutions. All citizens and organisations are hereby strongly encouraged to cooperate and comply to guarantee the safe reopening of Ghana to the rest of the world.”

Meanwhile, airline operators have made a case for a quick testing result regime to accompany the announcement of the re-opening of the air borders. According to them, a good balance is needed between customer comfort and the ability to significantly reduce the incidence of imported COVID-19 cases.

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has also revealed government’s plan to roll out a new COVID-19 testing system where results would be generated to travelers within 15 minutes. This would determine whether the person would be asked to self-quarantine or sent to a treatment center to receive the necessary health attention.

He said the Ghana Health Service is currently conducting some simulations to ascertain the ability of the system to test as many people that would come into the country when the air borders are opened to traffic. These simulations are being done in collaboration with the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

“The Ghana Health Service is doing a simulation of various testing options to convince the president that we have the ability to test every one of the 3,500 people we expect to be coming into the country in a day,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said.


Like it? Share with your friends!

0
1.8k shares

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
157
hate
confused confused
78
confused
fail fail
19
fail
fun fun
196
fun
geeky geeky
177
geeky
love love
118
love
lol lol
137
lol
omg omg
78
omg
win win
19
win
Ernest Connect
Ernest Connect is an ethical Broadcast Journalist, Blogger, Brand Publicist, Social Media Expert and an Internet Marketer. Ernest Connect is a serial investor, and public speaker who loves all virtues and hate all vices. I’m so excited you have taken a few minutes out of your day to drop by. Please don’t forget to say hi (ernestconnect@gmail.com) .NOTE: I love the online hustle!

Comments

comments

Message us
How may I help you?
Nana Yaw Asare (CEO)WhatsApp
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format