Coronavirus Fallout

Telecos poised to help govt

Staff Correspondent

6 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Telecos poised to help govt

Telecommunication companies are all set to stand by the impoverished people who are going through hard times during the unofficial nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

Some multinationals have already taken initiatives to help tackle coronavirus as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Talking to daily sun, Grameenphone Chief Executive Yeasir Azman said the company has committed personal protective equipment (PPE) and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine to support the government move to check the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are importing 50,000 high quality PPE for medical staff and 10,000 PCR machines for coronavirus test in collaboration with Director General of Heath Services. The equipment is only meant for staff members of designated government hospitals,” Yeasir Azman told the Daily Sun.

He said the leading telecom operator is distributing 1 million face masks. Azman also said that the multinational company is geared up to take further steps to help the country in any emergency situation besides their ongoing works with a2i and DGHS.

Robi Axiata Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer Shahed Alam said the company has provided PPE for hospitals in Dhaka and Chattogram and initiated a hand washing campaign with WaterAid Bangladesh.

“Robi is also trying to set up a fund to support the destitute and donate testing kits to the government. We are also running a lot of awareness campaign about coronavirus on Robi’s social media platform and our Corporate Responsibility Facebook platform -- #CommonSense,” Shahed Alam told the Daily Sun.

The company recently developed the first-ever National Data Analytics Platform working with ICT Division, a2i and Health Services. This AI powered platform has already proved to be the most effective tool to track down the coronavirus-infected people around the country.

A Banglalink official said that the operator has been working together with the government. They have already begun providing free hotline service.

Earlier on Saturday, Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar told the daily sun that local and multinational companies in the telecommunication sector are prepared to provide any assistance people require as part of corporate social responsibility.