MoH Adopts ‘Passport COVID-19’ to Strengthen Fight Against Coronavirus


The Ministry of Health (MoH) said Thursday it has adopted a digital innovation named ‘Passport COVID’ to strengthen its capacity in the fight against the global pandemic. The new digital app was launched on Wednesday, July 15, in Monrovia.

Passport COVID is a digital identity that assigns to each citizen a status among six (6) values (Positive, Negative, Cured, Pending Result, expired test, to be Repeated) through Quick Codes technology—a standard for transmitting information over GSM signaling channels.

It is also accessible on all categories of phones (Android, iOS, and a web portal) and can be integrated with all mobile operators. The application, according to the Ministry, does not record the movements of the phone and therefore, respects the privacy of its users.

Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah wants Liberians to take advantage of the process to get quick access to their results.

“We are adopting this new exercise so as to allow people to access their own information when it is released,” she said.

“Now the Liberian population can access the USSD code by dialing *303# to benefit from the services offered by the application to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Liberia.”

Dr. Jallah lauded the partners, including Zero Poor Africa, MTN, Orange, and Healthcare Federation of Liberia for their contribution towards the success of the project.

Meanwhile, Banki Technology SAS CEO, Mamadou Bah, said the new solution can detect automatic notification of suspected cases, and trace people. “This is meant to trace people who want to bypass the system.”

The digital innovation offered to the Ministry by a Guinean IT company (Banki Technology SAS), facilitates the rendering of COVID-19 test results, eliminates the risk of falsification of test results or travel documents as well as enforces controls at the level of the sanitary at the various borders. It also locates screening and care centers and provides statistics.