Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful has made an embarrassing claim than usual about the Gh COVID-19 Tracker App launched recently.
The MP for Ablekuma West Constituency refuted allegations leveled against her by radio personality Captain Smart that her ministry paid musicians who performed during the Virtual concert for the launch of the Gh COVID-19 App not less than GHS5, 000 contrary to her claim.
Ursula, however, stated categorically that no musician was paid by the government and the public should disregard the claims by the controversial morning show host
She further announced that Google Playstore and IOS Store have approved the application and urge Ghanaians to download it from those platforms.
Here’s our fact check:
Touting the application, Ursula said “By the way, the app has been approved for download on both the App Store and play store. Apple device users can now download it, answer the simple questions and provide their addresses and phone numbers to help the Ghana Health Service track, trace, test and treat suspected cases of Covid 19 expeditiously with digital technology.”
Fast Check: Ghana’s COVID-19 Tracker App was developed for free, according to the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).
The App was developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Communication and Ascend Digital Solutions with no bidding process.
The Communications Minister was just been braggacio. Her claim is far from the truth, it actually lacks positive accuracy.
A quick check on the digital platforms shows she lied in broadday light. A search on the Playstore, IOS Store for the Gh COVID-19 Tracker App shows clearly the application does not exist.
This is what pops up on Playstore, when you search for the app:
“We’re working on finding apps in your area. For the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) you can visit the World Health Organization who. Int/health-topics/coronavirus.”
This means, the Gh COVID-19 Tracker App is yet to be approved by the digital platforms.
Can Android users access the application, Yes
The GH COVID 19 Tracker App is an easy to use, digital tool that is to help Ghanaians access and self report symptoms of the deadly Coronavirus Disease to the appropriate authorities for assistance.
The App launched with a concert on Monday April 13, 2020 is for the benefit of all Ghanaians and currently limited to Android users only since it’s only with an “.apk”.
Log on to ghcovid19.com, check “I accept Terms and Conditions” then click to download.
Download file – Tap Download when prompted and you should see the app file downloading on your device.
Once Download is complete, go to the destination folder and tap on the file(GHCOVID19.apk) to start installation.
Tap Yes to Install when prompted.
When you click ‘INSTALL’ you may be prompted to allow installation from unknown sources if you haven’t done that already, do not fret, it is safe, at least that’s what the Government of Ghana says. If prompted, click on checkbox as shown below for Unknown Sources under Settings on your device to allow the installation.
You should see the app installing on your device, once installation of the app is complete, tap on ‘Open’ to launch the GHCOVID19 App. and start using it.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams/Ryvanz Mia Online/Ghana