Airtel Ghana, the CIMG Telecoms Operator of the year, as part of its corporate social responsibility of enriching the communities in which it operates, has donated 1500 mobile handsets and Airtel SIM cards to the Ministry of Health in support of the ministry’s community based health planning and services programme (CHPS).
These mobile phone sim cards is said to be put in a Close User Group service so that calls made on the network within the service group are free.
The community health programme is an initiative by the Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health aimed at providing on the ground health-care to inhabitants of the community.
The phones, which will be distributed to the CHPS compounds spread across various communities all over the country is to facilitate the communication on the network between these health centers and health workers in the execution of their duties.
In effect, beneficiaries of these handsets can call other health workers or centres in case of emergency or to solicit for assistance on a daily basis free of charge.
Accepting the items, the Minister for Health, Hon. Sherry Ayitey, acknowledged the fact that this was one clear step that would help in the acceleration towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.