Zimbabwe’s leading converged communications service provider Africom has partnered with a premium satellite communications solutions provider Hellas Sat to activate Ministry of Health sites throughout the country with (very small aperture terminal (VSATs) to boost communication in the wake of Coronavirus.

Communication has proven to be critical in the fight against the global pandemic, Coronavirus that has claimed the lives of 28 while infecting more than 2 120 people in Zimbabwe, according to the health ministry.

“The connectivity revival will benefit all the provinces’ health facilities as the nation fights the spread of Covid-19,” Kevin Nyakotyo, a marketing executive at Africom told Biztech Africa.

“The need for communication at this critical time will assist in the monitoring and tracking with the urgency and the need to relay information back to the command office.”They have so far installed the infrastructure at 76 health centres in eight provinces in the southern African nation.

Nyakotyo said they were still working with Chinese partners for further supply of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) handsets which can ease communication over the internet lines. 

“This will ensure that information reaches the marginalized and also information can be collected giving the Coronavirus task force a good measure of information to feed their planning and mitigation,” he said.

This is not the first time Africom has done this, as in 2016 Africom rolled out infrastructure to 127 health ministry sites through a United Nations Development Programme funded project.

However, some of the sites were not completed due to shortages of foreign currency as Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in decades.

“90% of the health centres have been successfully completed and are now operational. We are working flat out to complete the remaining few centres,” said Nyakotyo.

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