German-Made Smartphone To Curb Epidemics Introduced In Liberia

Michael Kölsch, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Liberia – Photo credit: www.liberia.michaelkoelsch.de

The Honorary Consul of Liberia to Leipzig, Germany, Michael Kölsch, has developed a Smartphone application aimed at containing different epidemics.

The application, which supports the fight against epidemics, is currently going through a final testing phase. It is expected to be available for download, this year, (2020).

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Ebolapp was developed in 2014 during the height of the Ebola Virus Disease by Mr. Kölsch, together with programmers from a Leipzig-based company called Publish-Air in collaboration with German medical professionals.

Addressing a press conference at the end of a two-day retreat organized for Honorary Consuls by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the weekend, Mr. Kölsch said the thought came on a night when he was wondering how to stem the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa during the outbreak.

The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Liberia to the City of Leipzig in Germany narrated that the next morning he called a fellow campaigner and explained to him the working principle of a novel app that functions like a warning system.

The inventor, Mr. Kölsch, said the Ebolapp records the movement and profile of the user and measures via GPS and Bluetooth, indicating how long and at which distance the users stay.

According to Mr. Kolsch, if two persons have the application on their phones and came in close contact, the programme app informs the person that is not sick about an infected person closer to them.

He further disclosed that the application has been tested and tried successfully in Germany, adding that a two-week field trial was recently launched in Liberia, precisely at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, with data collected from the trial being evaluated.

The Liberian Honorary Consul to Leipzig expressed the hope that the GSM companies operating in Liberia will see the need to pre-install ‘Ebolapp’ on the phones before they are sold on the market to bring relief to the masses.

The programming of the free and potentially life-saving “Ebolapp” was done by the company PublishAir in Germany.

Also speaking, the Ambassador of Germany to Liberia, Hubert J. Jager, described the development of the application and trial in Liberia, as a great milestone for Liberia-Germany partnership and a true joint venture between the two governments.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.