Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte; MTN Uganda CEO today morning handed over three (3) brand new Nissan Pickups to H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, the Prime Minister; Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, and the National Covid19 Task Force. The handover session was held at the Kololo International Airstrip in the presence of the Prime Minister.
The telecommunication firm is showing its 100% commitment to help the government of Uganda reduce the impact and disruption that the global covid-19 pandemic is having on the lives of Ugandans.
Prior to this, MTN announced three of its first plans in the fight to combat coronavirus, including; removing MoMo transaction fees on sending P-2-P, introduced Work From Home internet bundles, and also put aside for immediate use, UGX500 million to be used at most urgent priority needs by the Ministry of Health.
To their commitment, the telco has so far contributed UGX220 million to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and UGX297 million donated to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS).
MTN’s contribution to NWSC was geared towards providing water to the people living in water-stressed areas around Kampala in a bid to promote hand washing. While URCS contribution was to aid in their duties of combating the virus.
This sums their contribution of UGX1 billion in this fight against the coronavirus.
MTN is further supporting government’s sensitization drive by availing free media channel space (radio, tv, social media, sms, call center IVR platform) to promote Ministry of Health’s sensitization messages. The telco also zero rated internet access to learning platforms to support learners study online from home. In addition, also zero rated access to the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) websites so the public can access information about the virus.
MTN has also offered some of its call center space to Ministry of Health officials to take calls from the public regarding covid-19 emergencies and information.