Abuja - Etisalat has donated mobile devices to the governments of the North Western States to improve communication among healthcare providers and facilitate rapid reporting of suspected Ebola cases.
Donations include specially configured Closed User Group (CUG) SIM cards and recharge cards worth thousands of Naira.
Director of Brands and Communication at Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, disclosed that the company views social responsibility as an important way of being actively involved in enhancing the lives of Nigerians by innovatively addressing specific needs.
“Health has always been one of our main areas of focus, Etisalat will always support initiatives targeted at improving the quality of healthcare delivery in Nigeria. We have decided to identify with the governments of Kaduna and Kano States to accelerate ongoing sensitization campaigns on the Ebola Virus Disease,” Denloye said.
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The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr Thot Joseph, expressed gratitude to the telecommunication company for what he described as a life-line in the fight against Ebola.
“We will release these dedicated phone numbers to the public so that information gathering can be made easier for our health workers,” he promised.
Joseph also proclaimed that the four suspected cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in Kaduna State were negative and emphasised the importance of early detection and treatment.
Permanent Secretary of Kano State Ministry of Health, Alhaji Dahinu Musa, expressed delight at Etisalat's donation and urged other companies in Nigeria to emulate the company's attitude to corporate social responsibility.
Etisalat recently demonstrated its support to the Ebola Containment Trust Fund in partnership with Samsung Electronics West Africa with the donations of smartphones, SIM cards bundled with data and airtime to be used by health workers for collection of data on individuals who have had contact with those infected with Ebola.
The disease has killed more than 1 500 in West Africa this year.
- CAJ News