LAGOS: INITIATIVES to curb the spread of Ebola have received a major boost after a mobile network firm and an electronics company announced their support of the Ebola Containment Trust Fund.
Eitisalat and Samsung Electronics West Africa announced their support to the fund in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus in Nigeria.
The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon during a presentation of Samsung Galaxy Smartphone’s, Etisalat SIM cards bundled with data and airtime at the Etisalat head office in Banana Island.
Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, emphasized that Corporate Social Responsibility at Etisalat represented a complete and wholesome relationship between the organisation and its key stakeholders through sustainable products and services, ethical business practices, minimizing our environmental impact and contributing to the sustainable development of the society.
“One of our CSR platforms at Etisalat Nigeria is Health and we always support initiatives that have the potential to assist Nigerians in that regard. Our partnership with Samsung is aimed at providing support to the Ebola Containment Trust Fund (ECTF) in the dissemination of factual information about Ebola and the strategies for its prevention and containment.
“This will also ensure that collection of data on individuals who have had contact with those infected with Ebola is effectively managed”.
Emmanouil Revmatas, Director Information Technology and Mobile at Samsung Electronics West Africa, said the company upheld a belief in shared responsibility.
Revmatas said Samsung Electronics West Africa ‘s partnership with Etisalat in the effort to support the Ebola Containment Trust Fund (ECTF) reflected the way innovative technology could be used to improve lives.
The ability to use smart phones and data services will support the ECTF in their preventive work on Ebola while also ensuring that more information is available for timely prevention, he said.
“Samsung is privileged to be part of this timely initiative to contain and eradicate EVD in Nigeria and remains committed to improving the lives of Nigeria through technology and innovation,” Revmatas said.
In addition to the support given to the Ebola Containment Trust Fund, Etisalat is also partnering with the Nigerian Red Cross to prevent further spread of the Ebola through SMS, radio and social media campaigns.
The Ebola Containment Trust Fund, a non-profit body created to galvanize necessary resources to contain the Ebola Virus Disease from spreading in Nigeria, has as its trustee members Dr Alero Roberts, Christopher Kolade, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Felix Ohiwerei and Gamaliel Onosode.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY