Facebook thanked for virus collaboration

Updated 04 Apr 2020

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The government recently launched a ‘Corona Helpline’ on WhatsApp.  — AFP/File
The government recently launched a ‘Corona Helpline’ on WhatsApp. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday thanked Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg for his company’s support and collaborative efforts with the government during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government recently launched a ‘Corona Helpline’ on WhatsApp. This new service, which is free-to-use, provides a central source of accurate, trustworthy and up-to-date information about coronavirus.

The helpline will be available in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi and Kashmiri languages and will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases, and other trustworthy health information.

In a post on his official Facebook page, PM Khan wrote that he thanked WhatsApp and Facebook for their prompt support and assistance in bringing this service to Pakistan.

In response to the post, Sheryl Sandberg wrote: “Thank you for your partnership. I am so glad we are working together to provide timely, accurate information and help people fight the coronavirus in Pakistan.”

Prime Minister Khan said he was glad the government was working with Facebook for a common cause to improve the lives of millions. “Hope you are doing well, thank you Sheryl for your support and the remarkable work your team is doing,” he added.

Prime Minister Khan and Sheryl Sandberg had a one-on-one meeting earlier this year during the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Published in Dawn, April 4th, 2020