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MTN hands over 3 brand new cars to the President, COVID-19 task force

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Added 24th April 2020 04:29 PM

The three pick-ups, the sh220m that MTN contributed towards National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and sh297m donated to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) bring MTN’s contribution to the fight against COVID-19 to over sh1b.

MTN hands over 3 brand new cars to the President, COVID-19 task force

MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte (R) and the Prime Minister Hon Ruhakana Ruganda pose for a photo after the handover of MTN’s donation of three brand new cars to the Covid-19 task force. Photos/Courtesy

The three pick-ups, the sh220m that MTN contributed towards National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and sh297m donated to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) bring MTN’s contribution to the fight against COVID-19 to over sh1b.

COVID-19 | CSR

KAMPALA - The Chief Executive Officer of MTN-Uganda, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte has today handed over three brand new Nissan Hardbody pickups to the President, the Prime Minister, and the COVID-19 task force.

The three cars that are meant to ease transport issues in the COVID-19 pandemic fight were handed over Friday morning at the Kololo Airstrip in Kampala.

The three pick-ups,  the sh220m that MTN contributed towards National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)  and sh297m donated to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) bring MTN's contribution to the fight against COVID-19 to over sh1b.

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 handwashing as one of the ways to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus while the contribution to URCS was to aid in their duties of combatting the deadly virus respectively.

Apart from enabling its 12 million customers to send money for free and help family and friends to take care of themselves amidst this devastating pandemic, the telecom is also making it possible for people to work from home and keep earning by providing affordable internet.

 
The internet bundle dubbed "work from home" is meant to promote the concept of ‘social distancing' to further prevent the spread of the desolating coronavirus.

MTN is further supporting the government's sensitization drive-by availing free media channel space (radio, tv, social media, sms, call center IVR platform) to promote the Ministry of Health's sensitization messages.

The telecom company also zero-rated all its learning platforms to support school-going children to study online from home without data.

Additionally, MTN has also offered some of its call center space to the ministry of health officials to take calls from the public regarding Covid19 emergencies and information

To facilitate the flow of information, MTN Uganda has also zero-rated Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) websites so that the public can access information about the virus at no charge.

They include www.who.int, www.health.go.ug and www.covid.gou.go.ug

While the country is contending with this imminent catastrophe, MTN remains a dependable partner and is committed to continue working with government, to reduce the impact and disruption that the covid19 pandemic is having on the lives of Ugandans.

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