21 May 2012

Liberia: Cellcom Opens New Doors for Medical Students

Furthering its commitment to improving the health care sector in Liberia, the company named by the National Excellence Award as Liberia's best GSM Company has made a donation of free wireless internet to students of the A.M Dolgietee School of Medicine. The donation, which is the first of its kind for the medical school, is expected to improve the ability of Liberia's medical students to do research and connect with the rest of the world.

Making the donation at programs marking the official induction ceremony for the Medical Students Association, Cellcom's Chief Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, said he was impressed that the entire first year medical class were comprised of young people. "It truly warms my heart to see a class full of so many brilliant young faces. I know that the future of Liberia's health care sector is secure," Kimmie Weeks said amongst applause. Weeks went on to say that when Cellcom had heard that the medical school had no access to internet, they immediately made the decision to provide free internet to the students. "It was not acceptable that our medical students did not have access to internet and when we heard that we immediately decided to act."

"A major part of being in a university and especially being in medical school is the ability to do research," Weeks said after the program "We want to ensure that Liberia's medical students can access into our network and enjoy access to the information super highway from the comfort of their library." Kimmie Weeks went on to note that Cellcom had invested several million dollars in its network to ensure that it continued to be the best. "We are days away from releasing network capabilities that will truly transform the health care sector and with the new information available could quite literally save lives," Weeks announced.

Cellcom has had a long history of support for Liberia's health care sector. In recent months, the company has done programs in support of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, hosted several conferences for doctors, and has also provided technological hard ware and software in support of Medical doctors across the country.

"Our area is technology," Kimmie Weeks noted "therefore, we have made a commitment to deploy our technology and financial resources in support of the medical field in Liberia." Weeks says Cellcom will continue to support Liberia's health care sector.

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