KT Corp. Unveils Global Epidemic Prevention Platform in Ghana

– KT-Ghana Deal Is First GEPP Service Outside Korea –

– Ghana Will Upgrade Capacity to Handle Infectious Diseases –

– KT Technologies Address Global Human Welfare Issues –

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corp. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT) said its Global Epidemic Prevention Platform (GEPP) started service in Ghana on 14th, the first such endeavor outside of Korea.

From left: Dr. Chastity Walker of CDC, Okoe Boye Bernard, parliamentary of health committee, Lee Dong-Myun, the president, Future Platform Business Group of KT, H.E. Sungsoo Kim, Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Dr Ebenezer Odame, Director of Policy Planning and Evaluation (PPME) at the Ministry of Health (MOH), and DR. Ekua Essumanma Houphouet, Disease Control Prevention Officer are photographed during GEPP Ghana launch ceremony on August 14th (PRNewsFoto/KT Corp.)

KT, the leading Korean telecommunication provider, announced that the landmark platform, GEPP Ghana, was officially launched after a ceremony held at Accra City Hotel in the Ghanaian capital. The project, in conjunction with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), is the first public-private partnership between Korea and the West African country.

KT said GEPP would enable the GHS to improve its ability to fight diseases in a more systematic manner. The platform is the result of a joint effort by KT and the Ghanaian government to advance Ghana’s health information system using information and communications technology (ICT). They signed an agreement last November to start the endeavor.

GEPP Ghana has three functions: GEPP Public warns Ghanaians who are visiting epidemic-prone areas; GEPP Clinic enables the public to make real-time reports to health offices if an epidemic erupts; and GEPP Gov. enables the government to gauge and monitor a public health crisis based on data collected from GEPP Public and GEPP Clinic. Data is also collected from newly digitized airport immigration information, which until now has been manually compiled.

The platform will help the Ghanaian public quickly respond to the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in Africa. As it will be much easier to report to health authorities during an outbreak, there will be a drastic improvement in early detection of the disease and response.

At the GEPP Ghana launch ceremony, KT gave a briefing on the platform produced by the Korean-Ghanaian public-private partnership, the big data-based quality health information service to benefit Ghanaians and the Ghanaian government’s enhanced capacity for epidemic preparedness.

Ghanaian attendees at the ceremony included Okoe Boye Bernard, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health; Dr. Ebenezer Odame, Director of Policy Plannng and Evaluation, Minister of Health; Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, director-general of the Ghana Health Service; and other representatives of the country’s health community and the ministries of information, interior, national security, and communications.

Among other participants were Korean Ambassador to Ghana Kim Sung-Soo, and officials from international agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank Group.

“We are pleased that the Ghanaian people will receive high-quality health services provided by big data on health and communications technologies,” said Lee Dong-Myun, the president of KT’s Future Platform Business Group.

Lee also said that KT would continue to explore new ways to use its varied technologies and capabilities in international collaborative projects that address global human welfare.


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Israeli forces destroy water tank in northern Jordan Valley

Ramallah, Israeli occupation forces early Sunday destroyed a Palestinian farmers’ water tank in the northern Jordan Valley.

Palestinian official in charge of Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley, Mutaz Bisharat, said in a statement that Israeli occupation forces destroyed a licensed iron water tank feeds a number of Palestinian farmers in Qaon plain near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley.

“The licensed tank was destroyed under the pretext it is located in “C” classified areas,” he added.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Canada detects 8 mysterious repeating fast radio bursts

Ottawa, Astronomers at “McGill University of Canada” have detected eight repeating fast radio bursts (FRB), which they described as the most mysterious signals from space.

Astrophysicist at McGill University and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Victoria Kaspi, told CBC news that the findings are an important step in better understanding what is creating these powerful signals and where exactly they’re coming from.

“Discovering eight sources like this, through Canada’s largest radio telescope, is so important because it says we have a lot more repeating FRBs and can figure out the environments and the galaxies these FRBs are located in if we follow them up with other telescopes,” she added.

Of the 10 repeating FRBs, only two have been traced back to their point of origin: one is in a dwarf galaxy and the other in a spiral galaxy.

Source: Jordan News Agency

3 Palestinian killed, 1 injured by Israeli fire near Gaza border

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Israeli occupation army announced that a military helicopter and a tank, late Saturday, targeted an armed group near the security fence north of Gaza Strip.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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Clouds will appear at low altitudes with northwesterly moderate winds, picking up at night and stirring dust in the desert, the JMD added.

Daytime temperatures expected for today will reach 30 degrees Celsius in Amman and the northern cities and 28 in the southern governorates, dropping down to 20 and 17 respectively at nights. The weather will be hotter in the port city of Aqaba with highs jumping to 40 degrees and lows sliding to 28, the JMD added.

Similar weather conditions will continue over the next 48 hours with the same winds direction.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Eight higher education projects win European Commission’s funding

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A press release issued by the Erasmus Plus program, supported by the EC and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said on Sunday the EC announced the list of cooperation projects selected for funding under the program “Erasmus Plus.”

These projects include a host of public and private universities, in addition to Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC).

During the projects implementation, Jordan will be able to cooperate with 14 European countries and most Arab countries participating in the Erasmus Plus program.

Source: Jordan News Agency