In a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus and improve the screening rate of suspected individuals with the disease, MTN Business has announced the donation of 5,000 smartphones to the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health.
Each device will be pre-loaded with 3GB of data and will be distributed to field workers for the screening of citizens, conducting tests and tracing people that may have come in contact with patients of the coronavirus.
In addition to this kind gesture, the telecommunication company has also promised to carry out free repairs, servicing, account management, and on-site device support on all devices.
Limpopo recorded 54 cases of the coronavirus, 28 recoveries, and 3 deaths as of May 11. The number of documented cases has increased to more than 10,000, with a total of 194 lives lost.
Matthew Kumalo, the General Manager of Regional Operations at MTN says one of the vital equipment required by health and field workers to fight the spread of the virus is the smartphone.
‘’We believe that the provision of these devices will provide the relief workers the tools needed to carry out their duties seamlessly,’’ he added.
MTN has been expanding its footprints and infrastructure to contribute to the national effort to prevent the transmission of the virus.