DIGICEL DISPATCHES AID PLANE TO HAITI TO ASSIST WITH CHOLERA OUTBREAK
Digicel, mobile services operator for the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, sent a plane loaded with vital relief supplies to assist the people of Haiti.
With a cholera outbreak in the central part of the country which has so far claimed the lives of some 142 people – and with a further 1,500 cases to date of people suffering from severe diarrhoea and vomiting – access to uncontaminated food and water is critical.
The Digicel plane departed from Kingston, Jamaica and is carrying 2000 lbs of vital supplies like oral rehydration salts, water purification tablets, hand sanitiser and soap.
These supplies will be transferred by Digicel staff as soon as the planes lands in Port-au-Prince to hospitals and health facilities in the affected area.
Colm Delves, Group CEO of Digicel, commented; “We are very sad to hear the news of the cholera outbreak in Haiti and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. We hope that the situation can be contained as quickly as possible and want to do everything we can to help make that happen. Since our launch in Haiti in 2006, we have been with the Haitian people every step of the way, and now as ever, we stand ready to assist.”
As the single largest investor in Haiti with a total investment of over U$370 million since its launch in 2006, Digicel has over two million customers in Haiti. To date, Digicel has contributed more than US$20 million to the relief efforts in Haiti post the January earthquake.