Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) commitment to supporting the community, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, was demonstrated yet again through the company’s donation of mobile devices to the Rand Memorial Hospital, to facilitate patient contact with their relatives as visitors are not allowed in the hospital during this time.
BTC Chief Executive Officer Garry Sinclair said, “At BTC, we believe that heart is more than something you have, it’s something you share. We understand the need for people to be connected now more than ever and more importantly for persons who have relatives and loved ones who they cannot visit in hospitals and nursing homes. The decision to provide the mobile devices to the Rand Memorial Hospital was a no-brainer. We trust that families and friends will be able to connect with their loved ones frequently while they are in hospital to give them some comfort.”
BTC donated eight mobile devices with SIM cards and phone credit. A similar donation was made to the Ministry of Health a few weeks ago to assist the COVID-19 task force.
Sandra Mortimer-Russell, deputy administrator for the Rand Memorial Hospital, said, “Regrettably during this unprecedented pandemic, it is mandatory that visitor restrictions are fully enforced. Reaching out to people and loved ones is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness and boredom particularly during hospitalization. The executive management team, staff and, most important, our patients, are most appreciative of this kind gesture and partnership with BTC.”
BTC has also assisted the Ministry of Health by providing the 311 toll-free hotline, enabling residents to contact their team directly.