douglas.jpgDeputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora, has hailed the Islamic Republic of Iran for its continued support for Zimbabwe’s health sector.


Dr Mombeshora, who was speaking at a handover ceremony of some cholera treatment drugs from the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran to his ministry at the Iranian Embassy in Harare, said the drugs will help to contain any cholera outbreak.



He hailed the Islamic Republic of Iran, which he commended for being at the forefront of assisting the country when it was hit by a cholera outbreak in 2008.


“Iran was the first country to help Zimbabwe in 2009 when it was hit by cholera…it has already assisted in other areas such as in industry and agriculture,” he said.


The Iranian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Mohammad Pournajaf, said his country will continue to partner with Zimbabwe not only in the health sector, but across the economic spectrum to ensure that sanctions do not cripple the country’s economy.


He said, “I can not reveal the amount at which the drugs were bought because friendship cannot be put into value.”


Cases of cholera have been reported in Manicaland and Mashonaland West Provinces.


Zimbabwe has been facing challenges in acquiring cholera treatment drugs owing to the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the west.