Pakistan’s one of the largest digital service provider, Jazz, a VEON group company, has assured PKR 1.2 billion support towards Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief, a statement from the company said on Wednesday. Jazz Pledges PKR 1.2 Billion Support Towards Covid19 Relief Efforts.
The support will comprise “short to mid-term initiatives aimed to limit/ hold the negative impact of the pandemic, particularly for the most vulnerable communities,” the company said, the addition will provide support to leading welfare organisations across Pakistan. The statement comes at a time when Pakistan has reported more than 4,000 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 58 deaths. (as of 9-04-2019).
The Particulars of the Relief Efforts
The initiatives contain (COVID-19) tests, life-saving ventilators and food rations to be rolled on to the ones most affected by the calamity of coronavirus. The relief response also facilitates Jazz customers to direct their charitable donations via SMS and Jazz Cash. Jazz employees will also be voluntarily contributing up to 3-days salary to the nationwide relief effort.
A notable part of the announced support will be for constant zero-rated and subsidized services for access to emergency care, medical helplines & critical health applications, which have been either marked-down or made free for customers under this coronavirus relief effort. Affix support will come in through subsidized voice and data bundles and mobile payments. The company has also escalated the sign-up process for Jazz Cash mobile wallets so that relief can be dispensed urgently by donors directly to local community members most impacted by this pandemic.
Jazz Pledges PKR 1.2 Billion Support Towards Covid19 Relief Efforts
Aamir Ibrahim, the Jazz CEO, said,
“We have been at the forefront of solving every crisis in Pakistan for the past 25 years. The Covid19 is no exception in stepping up our national responsibility. As a digital company, we have a huge role to play in keeping the economy advancing through online connectivity. This global crisis is unprecedented in its scale, and our prayers are with those who are suffering.”
Mobile communications, access to high-speed internet, and mobile payments are declared indispensable services and need of the hour during any crisis. Currently, Jazz devoted to serving its 61 million customers and anyone in need, nationwide.
Aamir added, “It has been our experience that reliance on scientific data, developing a robust, on-ground response, and an active collaboration will lead us out of this crisis. I’m glad that in this time of uncertainty, we are working together with the government, the armed forces, federal and provincial authorities, as they tirelessly contain the spread of Covid19.”
Keeping its responsibility towards Customers, Even before Covid19 was declared a pandemic, Jazz began establishing nationwide awareness campaigns that allowed the country to focus on preventive measures from the coronavirus. Amidst the lockdown, the continuity of services remains a priority for Jazz to ensure that Pakistan can stay connected to both work and family
Last week, Hussain Dawood, on behalf of Engro, Dawood Hercules and his family, had committed Rs1 billion to fight coronavirus.
Further, he stated that the business group will aim at bolstering the livelihoods and sustenance of the “most deserving in society” and enable patient care and facilities.