Health care providers get free mobile services

– as GTT closes stores in face of COVID 19

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In a move to show appreciation to health workers across Guyana during the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) company this morning announced that it will be making available free mobile services to these individuals.

The announcement was made by the company’s CEO Justin Nedd during an online press conference.

Nedd said the service will be available for frontline health workers who are also  registered with the Guyana Medical Council and Nurses’ Association and will last as long as the pandemic remains a threat to Guyana.

With the free service,  health officials will be able to make calls to any network across Guyana.

Meanwhile, the company also announced the temporary closure of its stores across the country from today, Wednesday, April 1.

The measure was taken in support of the social distancing protocol recommended by global health authorities as a way to slow the spread and protect people from COVID-19.

“GTT’s responsibility and our commitment to customers and staff mandate us to take this threat very seriously and to take every action to protect our customers and staff, and Guyana as a whole. Our closure supports the global call for social distancing, and we are encouraging customers to make use of the digital and online options for transactions. There are 220 MMG agents located nationwide; access the one nearest to you as need be, to limit movement,” Nedd said.

The CEO said measures were being put in place to ensure that staff  would be retained during the closure and that  every effort will be made to accommodate customers through alternative bill payment and customer service options, including the use of the company’s Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) app.

The government, through the Ministry of Public Health, has been implementing several measures to stop the spread of the virus. The latest figures provided by the Health Ministry stands at 19, with two related deaths.

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