Health Min­istry honours First Lady

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FIRST Lady Amai Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa has vowed to fight ma­ter­nal death by en­sur­ing ef­fi­cient util­i­sa­tion of avail­able re­sources.

Of­fi­cially ac­cept­ing the am­bas­sado­rial role ac­corded to her by the Min­istry of Health and Child Care yes­ter­day, the First Lady said she wanted to see an im­prove­ment in the fight against dis­eases like cancer and HIV.

“I thought I was mak­ing too much noise dur­ing my cancer aware­ness cam­paigns not know­ing that you were ac­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing the ad­vo­cacy work that I was do­ing,” she said.

“I thank you for ac­cord­ing me this hon­our and I know you might be busy work­ing on other things in your of­fices, but when it comes to ad­vo­cacy work, I am ready to take it up.”

Amai Mnan­gagwa said through her char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion An­gel of Hope, she took it upon her­self to cham­pion health seek­ing be­hav­iours in com­mu­ni­ties and as­sist­ing the less priv­i­leged in so­ci­ety. “We have trav­elled the length and breadth of this coun­try mo­bil­is­ing women for screen­ing,” she said. “We have done work in HIV and TB pro­grammes. We have also worked with or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

“It has re­ally given me great sat­is­fac­tion and I will con­tinue to work on these no­ble causes.”

Amai Mnan­gagwa said she was ready and en­thu­si­as­tic to take up the am­bas­sado­rial role as she shared the same val­ues and goals with the Min­istry of Health and Child Care.

“The per­son (an am­bas­sador) is to have the right at­ti­tude and en­thu­si­asm to rep­re­sent and pro­mote in­ter­ests that are vi­tal for the suc­cess of the pro­gramme,” she said. “I am willing to take this role.”

Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr David Parireny­atwa said Govern­ment ac­corded the First Lady the am­bas­sado­rial role as a sign of hon­our and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the work she was do­ing in the health sec­tor.

He said the hon­our was also meant to en­cour­age Amai Mnan­gagwa to con­tinue as­sist­ing the Min­istry with ad­vo­cacy on women and chil­dren re­lated is­sues.

Some of the First Lady’s ad­vo­cacy work in­clude na­tional cancer aware­ness cam­paigns in com­mu­ni­ties and churches.

“We sat down as a Min­istry and de­cided to not only hon­our the First Lady, but also ask her to ex­pand her area of ad­vo­cacy from cer­vi­cal cancer screen­ing ser­vices to all is­sues to do with women and chil­dren’s health,” said Dr Parireny­atwa. “I am glad to say that she read­ily agreed.” On chil­dren, Dr Parireny­atwa said more ad­vo­cacy was needed in the area of nu­tri­tion, par­tic­u­larly on stunt­ing.

First Lady Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa

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