“We need Ebola Treatment Centers and other anti-Ebola equipment, including ambulances, food and other basic health materials to save Nimbanians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease,” Dr. Collins Boah has said. Dr. Collins, who is the County Health Officer for Nimba, made the passionate appeal to the Liberian government and other prominent citizens of the county during the fund raising dinner program in support of the Ebola prevention and Interventions.The Fund Raising Dinner program, held at the Monrovia City Hall last Saturday, brought together government officials, prominent citizens of Nimba County and supporters.According to Dr. Collins, it is sad that majority of the Nimbanians are dying in numbers everyday from the deadly Ebola Virus disease.He said it cost US$225 per vehicle daily to fuel ambulances bringing patients to Monrovia ETUs and testing centers.Ebola Virus is a very expensive disease, he observed, stressing the need for the government and the citizens of Nimba to involve themselves actively in the fight against the virus.“Everyday day and night we have dead bodies in the streets and in homes, even while our people are keeping sick people in their houses. So we need to see how best to get ETUs and ambulances to help carry out contact tracing .”Dr.Collins indicated that if the support is not given to the health workers in the county, he fears that Ganta will be locked down and health workers will stop work because of the dangers they face.He used the ceremony to call on the Nimba Caucus to get to various towns and villages in Nimba to educate the people both in English and the local languages, Gio, Mano and Mandingo, about the disease. He urged the citizens not to hide any sick or effected persons in their homes.Dr. Collins also complained that the citizens throw stones at the burial teams and health workers in the county which had led to three health workers being injured and the damage of two ambulances in the county.“If the people of Nimba don’t put stop to rioting the health workers, an if there is no protective gear, food and medication for our people, we are sorry that the nurses will stop work and we will not hold them responsible because they are humans and needs to be protected,” Dr.Collins warned.At the same the Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace(LCP) Ambassador Juli Endee joined Dr.Collins to appealed to the Government and Nimba citizens to help support the health workers by making sure the county have ETUs,protective gears,food,medications and useful items to save the lives of our children, women and citizens in the county.Cultural Ambassador Endee, treasurer of the Nimba County Anti-Ebola Resource Mobilization Committee (NCACRCM), educated the audience on the danger of the deadly Ebola virus and how it is destroying the lives of the Liberian people. “Ebola can kill but most importantly it can be eradicated from our counties and country, we are appealing to everyone to help us get treatment centers in Nimba and save the lives of our children, women and citizens,”Amb. Endee pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MTN Uganda announces new data rates effective today. Pictured at the media press briefing at the MTN offices in Kamapala, Wim Vanhelleputte; MTN Uganda CEO (c), Olivier Prentout; MTN Uganda CMO (r). Advertisement Telecom firm; MTN Uganda as today announced a price reduction in its data rates. And according to CEO; Wim Vanhelleputte, “the reduction is expected to drive further internet connectivity to facilitate business growth and enable communication.”Wim further adds that it’s important for their customers not only get lower rates but also experience a good quality network. Notably, MTN has been considered to have good coverage of internet connectivity. Earlier reports, claimed the telecom firm is working on introducing 5G connections.MTN Uganda over a two period of 2017 and 2018 has budgeted over 400 billion UGX invested in network upgrades in order to improve customer experience. – Advertisement – The reduction in the data rates from MTN is indication that as uptake and internet usage continues to grow, the internet rates will also continue to fall.The revised data rates bundles are not just price based but also include increase volumes for a lower price. For instance, the 10MB bundle has been increased to 15MBs for a price of 250 UGX, 325MBs to 1GB for 5000 UGX. On a monthly plan, customers were charged 285,000 UGX for 30GB, now in the new rates, they get the 30GB for 100,000 UGX.“The reduction is expected to drive further internet connectivity to facilitate business growth and enable communication,” Wim tells the press during the briefing at the MTN offices in KampalaFor what’s worth to know, is that there’s intense competition among telecom firms and ISPs when it comes to data provision. Early last month, Airtel Uganda revised their data bundles in its new campaign dubbed Data Blasta. Increased its 25MB bundle to 40MB at 500 UGX, 60MB to 100MB for 1000 UGX. While monthly changes, customers that bought 3.5GB for 35,000 UGX can now get 5GB at 30,000 UGX, and those that purchased 7GB at 60,000 UGX are now given 20GB at 75,000 UGX.The new data rates in telecom firms is making the competition more and more intense. It’s up to subscribers to decided what suits best for them. Choices will be based on speed, price (as a matter of fact), connectivity and so forth.According to MTN, by the end of 2017, they had approximately 12 million subscribes. Their ambition is to have at two thirds of them connected to the internet. And this could happen with more affordable data, reliable networks, and affordable internet-based headsets.CMO MTN Uganda; Olivier Prentout, reveals ‘MTN Shots’ – a platform where young creatives will be able to upload short videos and make money out of them.Honorable MentionAt the press media brief that happened at their offices in Kampala, the telecom firm has also introduced ‘MTN Shots’ – a platform where young creatives will be able to upload short videos and make money out of them as part of their latest initiative MTN Pulse that was launched last week. The MTN Shots platform was revealed by the CMO MTN Uganda; Olivier Prentout.This article has been updated since its last publication.