Following a request by the Cabinet Secretary of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, Safaricom will provide communication resources equivalent to 195 terabytes of data, 10 million voice call minutes and 33 million short message service (SMS) to critical government healthcare workers for the next three months.
The initiative is part of Safaricom’s commitment to keep the country connected during this challenging period. It will see the telco avail connectivity resources and airtime to the Ministry of Health, the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund and frontline healthcare workers both at the national and county levels.
“As we face this crisis, seamless worry-free communication between the frontline teams, the command centre and their loved ones is crucial. The contribution by Safaricom will go a long way in helping us execute a coordinated national response,” said Kagwe. By the same token, Peter Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom said: “The gallant frontline healthcare workers are our first line of defence against the pandemic and their dedication to serving the country has helped slow down infections within our communities. We not only want to appreciate the great work they are doing, but also facilitate their communication as they continue discharging their duties.”