Ghana-based health technology startup, Redbird, has joined the global effort to combat the global pandemic COVID-19.
The startup indicates that its new web platform is designed to help make reporting and mapping COVID-19 cases in Ghana easier to aid the efforts of government and the Ghana Health Service.
The platform, covid19.redbird.co, is set up to help anyone who has symptoms to report easily without going to a health facility.
In order to aid the process of tracing, the platform encourages mobile numbers to be included in the data entry process, so that the Ghana Health Service can get in touch with potentials persons at risk.
“We have been looking at how to support public health with the data, how can we give more insight, not necessarily on tests confirmed but all the self-reporting symptoms that can be done. We have launched a self-reporting portion where anyone can go to our webpage and input their phone number, share their location and self-report.”
Speaking on #CitiTrends, Ghana’s leading technology radio show on Citi FM, CEO of RedBird, Patrick Beattie, pointed out that, “they can put the information in and report it. We are collating that, and we can share that with the government so that they can see where cases are happening, literally on the map, as well as be able to follow up with anyone they want to follow up with.”
Redbird is a company that originally partners with pharmacies to bring them rapid test technology for chronic and acute conditions and giving patients a way to monitor their health, wherever they may be.
One COVID-19 patient recovers
The Ghana Health Service announced on March 26, 2020, that one patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has recovered.
It, however, said that 49 others were still responding to treatment while one person was in critical condition.
As of March 26, 2020, a total of 132 cases of coronavirus had been recorded in Ghana.