In an effort to help fight the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Bolt Ghana, formerly Taxify has launched a programme to offer free rides to medical personnel (fronliners) involved in the Covid – 19 fight in Ghana.
The service which started yesterday, April 14 hopes to support over 5000 healthcare personnel through the programme.
During the programme launch, Nonso ONwuzulike, Bolt Country Manager for Ghana says “It can be complicated for doctors, nurses and other medical workers to get to work fast and safe during the lockdown. Being a key player in transportation in Ghana, we want to help out by supporting the people on the frontline.”
Bolt Ghana has therefore partnered with the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) and has already enrolled more than 1000 health workers to sponsored business accounts on the Bolt platform, enabling them to ride to and from work without needing to pay for it.
“We are starting the service in Accra and Kumasi. Our partnership with the GRNMA gives us access to the active healthcare workforce in Ghana with priority on healthcare workers working in the pandemic centres” Nonso added.
“Businesses that are currently not on board are encouraged to sign up to support the nation’s healthcare workers in these difficult times” he reiterated.
To ensure adequate safety of Bolt drivers and healthcare personnels, all Bolt vehicles transporting medical staff will be equipped with disinfectants and hand sanitizers. Drivers are supposed to disinfect the car after each trip.
Businesses that are interested in joining the cause can sign up by filling a form on the website of Bolt after which a member of the Bolt team will get in touch with them. Bolt has set no cap on the amount required from partner companies to sponsor and thus all well-meaning businesses are encouraged to get on board.
In spite of the lockdown, Bolt and other ride hailing companies are exempted from the restrictions and are thus able to conveniently transport healthcare workers to and from their place of work.
Thanks to Bolt for this awesome initiative.