Ghana Health Service to receive support from Telecom Chamber to help prevent spread of Corona virus
In an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Ghana, Mr Ken Ashigbe, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telcos Chamber stressed that Ghana Health Service (GHS) will receive support from them.
He emphasized that the chamber is supporting the GHS to access its platforms to facilitate the spread of coronavirus in Ghana. He said this in an interview with Joy FM.
Mr Ashigbe stressed that the action plan will be executed in two folds under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications by next week after decisions have been made.
He stressed, “We have two phases and at this particular stage which we hope to continue when there will be no confirm case in Ghana, the Ministry of Health has reached out for some shortcodes so we will explore the possibilities of being able to offer some toll-free numbers and shortcodes that citizens could reach duty bearers.”
In addition, he said, “We are also going to use our networks to be able to send out the right information so that we can dispel a lot of rumours for Ghanaians to know what to do and we are reaching out to other telecom players in the other markets where the virus has occurred. For instance, we’re talking to GSMA and the likes.”
The fact is Ghana has not recorded any issue of coronavirus yet, but some African countries like Nigeria have recorded at least one case of coronavirus.
The Health Sector of Ghana is on great alert and government has apportioned funds for the virus. Also, the government has officially assigned Ridge Hospital and Tema General Hospital as case management centres.
Ghana is part of the 13 major countries in Africa to be identified as being at greater risk of contracting the virus because of the strong bond with China.