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NCA permits telcos to send ‘emergency’ messages on COVID-19

The National Communications Authority (NCA), has granted the four telecommunication companies operating in the country, namely AirtelTigo, Glo, MTN and Vodafone, the permission to send Emergency Communications from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on the COVID-19 Global Pandemic to all their subscribers.

According to the Authority, the arrangement forms part of efforts to educate consumers and the public on the Coronavirus pandemic. Ghana has already recorded seven imported cases of the virus, which has affected 180,000 globally and killed over 8,000 people.

As at the end of January 2020, the total number of mobile voice subscriptions for all the telecommunication networks in the country was 41,380,751, according to the NCA, representing a total penetration rate of 136.79% in a country of about 30 million people.

For some stakeholders, the high level of mobile penetration presents an opportunity for effective dissemination of accurate information on the Coronavirus to the Ghanaian public.

The networks on their part have welcomed the arrangement to disseminate the unsolicited messages.

Story by Naa Anyema Collison

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