Etisalat Nigeria has supported the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease with the donation of mobile communication devices in Kaduna and Kano States, the mobile phone company has said.
Etisalat donated mobile devices, specially configured Closed User Group (CUG) SIM cards and recharge cards worth thousands of Naira to the governments of the North Western States, to improve communication among healthcare providers and facilitate rapid reporting of suspected Ebola cases.
Enitan Denloye, Director, Brands and Communication at Etisalat Nigeria, 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”, Denloye said, adding, “Etisalat will always support initiatives targeted at improving the quality of healthcare delivery in Nigeria. We have therefore decided to identify with the governments of Kaduna and Kano States to accelerate ongoing sensitization campaigns on the Ebola Virus Disease.”
Dr. Thot Joseph, Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, expressed gratitude to Etisalat for what he described as a lifeline 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.
In Kano, Alhaji Dahinu Musa, permanent secretary of the State Ministry of Health, 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 thee donations of Smartphones, Etisalat 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.