Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has expressed gratitude to well-wishers and corporates who have quickly responded to appeals for assistance to fight the cholera and typhoid outbreak in Glen View and Budiriro which is fast escalating.
At a news conference which was also attended by well-wishers from the Presidential Charity Fund and Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone provider Econet, and Mutare based vehicle manufacturing company Quest, the Ministry of Health and Child Care received donations in kind worth US$10 million from Econet Wireless and US$100 000 from the Presidential Charity Fund.
Quest Motors presented a three and half tonne truck for ferrying of water and other needs to the cholera epicentre of Glen View and Budiriro in Harare.
Presidential Fund president Mrs Getrude Chikwava said the money used for buying lotto tickets which then accrues for the fund is for worthy cause as it is now being chanelled towards helping in the cholera state of emergency to save lives.
Econet Wireless CEO Mr Douglas Mboweni said government and his company are continuing with their partnership which dates to the 2008 and cholera outbreak and the two sides will continue to walk together in the current difficult predicament for the nation.
The chairman of Econet Wireless Strive Masiyiwa has given the nod to channel US$10 million towards the effort to contain the epidemic.
Quest Motors representative Mr Tarik Adam presented the three and half tonne truck and pledged to service it for free for the first three months and a drum of fuel.
Minister Moyo said he and his deputy Dr John Mangwiro who have just been appointed have landed in a cholera challenge and they will accept the challenge and tackle it head on.
Called on corporates to partner the ministry in ensuring that cholera is contained and avert the further loss of lives.
Dr Mangwiro went on to stress the need for education on the prevention of cholera explaining that it’s a primitive disease that should not be experienced in the 21st century.
Journalists, Ministry of Health and Child Care officials, the permanent secretary in the ministry and senior officials attended the handover ceremony.