By Foday Moriba Conteh
In order to enable customers access tips and information regarding coronavirus in the country, Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunications company, Orange Sierra Leone, has on Friday 20th March 2020 pledged its support to a zero rated url link which will allow Sierra Leoneans have free access to coronavirus messages from health practitioners. This disclosure was made during a handing over ceremony of Assorted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Hon. Member of Parliament of Constituency 112 in the Western Rural Area, Hon. Haja Miatta Amara at the company’s Headquarter on Hill Station in Freetown.
In his address, Orange SL Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),Desmond Spaine disclosed that even though Sierra Leone has not recorded any case of coronavirus yet they have started their drive to educate the populace about the virus, adding that they are currently working with WHO in disseminating the right information about the pandemic.
He also said as a telecommunications company in the country that cares about its customers and take their Corporate Social Responsibility as a priority they are presently donating Assorted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to various communities.
He further disclosed that disseminating the right information on the coronavirus is very key and in that regard they are supporting the zero rated url link which will allow Sierra Leoneans have free access to coronavirus messages from health practitioners like WHO, MOHS and CDC, noting that before this time customers cannot access these links without data but said with their intervention customers can access them free of cost. He further disclosed that customers can access tips and information regarding coronavirus through the following website pages:
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ &
WHO: https://www.who.int/ with no charges. In other words, customers can access the website for free.
He urged Sierra Leoneans to observe all preventive measures issued out by the Government in order to prevent the coronavirus from coming into the country and also admonished them that if anyone suspects any person showing symptoms of coronavirus he or she should call the toll free line 117 for medical advice.
On her part, the Honorable Member of Parliament of Constituency 112 in the Western Rural Area, Hon. Haja Miata Amara expressed appreciation to Orange for the donation of the Assorted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which she described as a timely intervention.
She noted that as Members of Parliament they are very concern about the coronavirus and in that regard they summoned key stakeholders on their preparedness on the coronavirus of which they were able to inform them on their current intervention.
She also applauded Orange for the zero rated url links which will enable Sierra Leoneans access tips and information regarding coronavirus.