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COVID-19: FG receives 500 units of Smart phones from Samsung, MTN

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has expressed appreciation on behalf of the Federal Government to Samsung and MTN for the donation of 500 units of Samsung Galaxy A2 Core Smartphone for data capturing and case reporting of COVID-19.

The Minister disclosed this on Tuesday while received a delegation of Samsung and MTN Nigeria led by Adetunji Taiwo, head of Mobile Samsung West Africa to his office in Abuja, He revealed that the donation by Samsung and MTN of the sets, SIM Cards and data “comes in useful.”

He expressed his desired appreciation to be sent to the headship of Samsung and MTN wherever they are that “Nigeria is very grateful” pledging that “we shall make the best use” of the items and integrating them to whatever that we have to improve service delivery. Dr. Ehanire told his visitors and donors that his team is “trying to reduce the rate of infection and improve service delivery so that “we are able to keep our fatality rate lower than what we have in other countries.” He revealed that right now, Nigeria has 2.2% fatality rate while other countries are 4%, 5%.

“We hope that we can keep these fatalities lower with adequate messaging and appropriate information dissemination; and of course, the technical aspect of carrying out testing, isolation, treatment, etc; all of these data-driven and getting the entire system working smoother.” The Honourable Minister thereafter gave directive to the Directors of Planning, Research and Statistics (and Permanent Secretary Designate), and the Director, Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health who were present at the event to get going with fashioning out the strategy for the deployment of the donated equipment.

He also expressed appreciation for the contributions made by individuals and organizations in form of donations of Medicines, Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs), which include masks, test kits etc to the Federal Ministry of Health for the containment of COVID-19.

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