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Scientists at UDS, Leicester University launch project to track covid-19 patients

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Scientists at the University for Development Studies (UDS) and Leicester University in the UK have launched a project to use remote sensing and geographic information systems to help in mapping out the spread of covid-19.

The project will provide data on the location of covid-19 infected persons to enable stakeholders determine where the infections are highest.

The scientists believe such information will also help stakeholders to design an appropriate response to check the spread of the coronavirus.

Dubbed, the Ghana-Leicester Epidemics Control Network (GLECON), the project could also help in tracking and responding to other epidemics particularly in rural Ghana.

The Vice Chancellor of the UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye lauded the initiative, saying it shows the seriousness of the two institutions in the field of research.

He said the collaboration will enhance research at the UDS, which focuses on producing graduates to help address challenges in rural Ghana.

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRaCS) is the main institute leading the UDS in the project.

According to the Director of the IIRaCS, Dr. Abdulai Abubakari, covid-19 is a novel virus and scientists are working to find an appropriate response to the pandemic. He expressed optimism that the collaboration will benefit both institutions and the world at large.

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