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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Airtel, NACA join forces to fight HIV/AIDS


 … Open national call centre

Airtel Nigeria and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) have jointly unveiled an initiative aimed at curtailing the prevalence of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and HIV in the country.
Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Professor John Idoko, said they are better equipped to tackle the spread of AIDS with the support of Airtel, which provided a telecoms platform at the NACA Call Centre with 100 lines for the project.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Rajan Swaroop, said the partnership is part of the company’s commitment to contribute to the well-being of all Nigerians, particularly its customers.

“This partnership provides us with a new opportunity to serve our customers in a fresh and different way, especially in the area of quality health care delivery. We have partnered with NACA with the objective of improving the delivery of healthcare services in Nigeria,” he said.

Mr. Swaroop pledges Airtel’s desire to work closely with NACA to send information via a short code on the deadly scourge to our customers nationwide in addition to providing access for people to speak to call agents at the NACA call centre.

L-R: John Idoko and Rajan Swaroop at the event.
Airtel, he said, has helped to equip the recently established national call centre with toll free lines which will enable Nigerians irrespective of their location access accurate information on HIV/AIDS.
The centre, he explained will be officially commissioned by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Thursday, April 27, to provide information and counseling on the disease in the English, Pidgin English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo languages.

NACA's Director General, Prof. John Idoko, explained that Nigerians can access information on the disease by dialing 6222, adding that the centre would both serve as information hub and public enlightenment platform that is carefully designed to grow the knowledge of HIV and AIDS among the people.

Remmy Nweke

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