Safaricom will give the front line health workers a free monthly package of 12 GB data, 600 voice call minutes, and 2000 messages as they lead in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
The package will be given monthly for three months. Safaricom stated that it would provide a total of 195 terabytes of data, 33 million SMSs, and 10 million voice call minutes to essential public health workers.
A statement issued by Safaricom on Monday 4 May 2020 noted that the initiative is part of the firm’s commitment to keeping Kenya connected during the pandemic period.
Safaricom said that it would provide connectivity resources as well as airtime to the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, the Ministry of Health, and frontline health workers at the county and national levels.
The package will be recharged directly to individual lines of the Coronavirus frontline health workers, as identified by the MoH.
Also, there will be internet connectivity of 100 Mbps at Afya House for the National and Control Center in the fight against the pandemic.
The Airtime support for the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund would include a one-off package comprising 50GB data, 3,500 voice call minutes, and 10,000 SMSs for the 15 members to boost the smooth running of the Fund activities.
“The gallant front line healthcare workers are our first line of defense against the pandemic, and their dedication to serving the country has helped slow down infections within our communities,” said Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO.
He noted that it was not only a way of appreciating their great work, but also facilitating their communication in their lines of duty.
Mr. Ndegwa said this commitment was one of their many ongoing initiatives, which are currently worth Ksh6.5 billion to support Safaricom customers.
The CEO said they were aware of the challenge ahead as well as their purpose as an organization, which is to keep the customers connected and help Kenyans in whichever way possible.