ICE for Mobile Phone Users
The maximization of the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) continues to be the preoccupation of the Sierra eRiders Sierra Leone. Since its inception and full operation in June 2006, the Sierra eRiders has embarked upon a number of activities, which include the way and manner people uses mobile phones and how the concept of mobile ICT brings people closer.
This sounds important! Take heed!
We all carry our mobile phones with hundreds of names/ numbers stored in its memory or SIM cards but yet nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our near and dear ones?
In case we are involved in an accident or had a heart attack and the people attending us get hold of our mobile phone but don't know which number to call to inform our family members. Yes, there are many numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?
For this reason, we must have one or more telephone numbers stored under the name ICE (In case of Emergency) in our mobile phones.
Recently, the concept of "ICE" is catching up quickly. It is simple, an important method of contact during emergency situations.
As cell phones are carried by majority of the population, just store the number of a contact person or person who should be contacted at during emergency as ICE" (meaning In Case of Emergency).
The idea was brought up by Sierra eRiders staff traveling up county who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents along the road, there were always mobile patients with mobilephones, but people in the scenes didn't know which number to call.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number stored as "ICE".
We therefore thought that it would be a good idea if the various mobile phone companies do sensitization amongst their customers, then the entire country will aware of the ICE concepts.
It really could save your life, mine and others, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
For more than one contact name lets customers simply enter ICE1: ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
This is a great idea that will make a difference!
Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our mobile phones today! Please spread the message to all your nearest and dearest ones.
By: Sahr F. Gborie
Sierra eRiders SL