Airtel provides free service for Ebola survivors


February 16, 2015 By Alusine Sesay

Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunication company, Airtel, on Saturday launched a new promotion dubbed ‘We Care Pack’ which is meant to provide free service to all Ebola survivors across the country, as well as giving 50% discount to all persons with disabilities.

Airtel Managing Director, Sudipto Chowhury, said the free service for Ebola survivors and the 50% discount for persons with disabilities would be rendered to the beneficiaries after the presentation of certificate from any Ebola treatment centre (for Ebola survivors) or the Disability Commission (for disabled persons).

“We are absolutely impatient and uncompromising in delivering our services. We want to make Airtel not only the best in Sierra Leone and Africa but also in the entire world,” said MD Chowhury.

The company also launched a Special Care Center at the ground floor of their Rawdon Street office for persons with disabilities and the aged to have easy access to their services.

Other facilities unveiled include a Premier Lounge for the company’s valued customers, as well as a space for free internet browsing for customers.

In their quest to create job opportunities for the youth and persons with disabilities, MD Chowhury disclosed plans to establish kiosks across the country to market their products.

Mayor of the Freetown City Council, Franklyn Bode Gibson, lauded Airtel for what he referred to as their response to the needs of Ebola survivors and physically challenged persons across the country.

Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, said Airtel has complemented the government’s Agenda for Prosperity by transforming their centre to a world class facility, noting: “Airtel has brought New York into Freetown. Airtel has brought a new content of development.”

He commended the company for their numerous contributions towards national development.

President of the Sierra Leone Union of Disabled Persons, Kabba Franklyn Bangura, noted that Airtel has always responded to issues affecting their members across the country, noting that the company has great respect for the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities, hence providing special care for such category of persons.

He expressed thanks to the company and promised that his members will in turn support their operations in the country.