Mobile firm Safaricom says it will continue providing free data, airtime and short text messages to frontline health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
This offer was initially to run between April and June this year.
Each of the health workers will continue to receive 12GB data, 600 minutes and 2,000 SMSs monthly for the next three months.
Safaricom is offering 195 Terabytes of data, 10 million voice call minutes and 33 million SMSs to the 5,529 frontline health workers as identified by the Ministry of Health.
According to Dr Rashid Abdi, Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health, these resources will enable the frontline teams to boost their containment capabilities.
Safaricom has so far invested over KSh 42 Million, through its foundations, to provide personal protective equipment to health teams across the country.
According to Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom Chief Special Projects Officer, the firm and nation are behind the health workers as they continue playing a crucial role in managing the pandemic.
Samsung Electronics East Africa has also joined the Safaricom initiative by donating 500 Samsung Galaxy A2 Core smartphones worth KSh 3.8 Million to assist the communication, monitoring and movement of testing and healthcare workers.
Samsung officials said it is providing a smartphone to enable health workers leverage on its first-class technology to deal with the pandemic.