Ma­gaya do­nates $1m goods to cholera cri­sis

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About 2 000 church mem­bers from Budiriro and Glen View ar­eas were each given a pack­age con­tain­ing bot­tles of toi­let clean­ers, hand sani­tis­ers, wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets and 100 la­tex gloves.

Dur­ing the han­dover, he made an emo­tional plea urg­ing the church mem­bers who had re­ceived the ini­tial do­na­tion to pass on the sup­plies to af­fected com­mu­nity mem­bers in real need as this pro­moted so­cial co­he­sion.

Prophet Ma­gaya said he sold two of his cars in South Africa to raise part of the money do­nated to­wards the cholera re­sponse.

“As a church we also raised funds through our branches in Botswana, Swazi­land, China, Aus­tralia, United King­dom, Zam­bia and South Africa just to name a few. I also sold two of my cars in South Africa so that I could put the money to­wards the cholera re­sponse.

“Two other haulage trucks are on the way from South Africa bring­ing more sani­tis­ers, la­tex gloves, toi­let clean­ers and wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets. We had to buy in South Africa be­cause we could not get ad­e­quate sup­plies here in Zim­babwe as our order was quite big.

“As I speak, I am left with noth­ing but as a church, we shall help the govern­ment to fight cholera un­til there are no more re­ported cases,” he said.

He added that the cholera out­break is not only a govern­ment headache, point­ing out the role churches should play in ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on proper waste man­age­ment, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene es­pe­cially those in the food han­dling busi­nesses.

He also said churches, as an im­por­tant stake­holder should im­me­di­ately re­spond to­wards such pub­lic health chal­lenges that af­fect Zim­bab­weans.

“The cholera prob­lem should not just be left for govern­ment alone. Some peo­ple who come to pray in our church come from com­mu­ni­ties badly af­fected by cholera. As such, it is also our duty to ed­u­cate peo­ple and en­sure that we sup­port govern­ment poli­cies and also re­spond in times of cri­sis.

“That is why as PHD Min­istries, we also do sev­eral clean ups in Harare’s Cen­tral Busi­ness District dur­ing the course of the year. It is our role as a church to help keep a clean en­vi­ron­ment and help min­imise dis­ease,” he added.

The cholera out­break was first re­ported on Septem­ber 6, in the Glen View and Budiriro ar­eas.

The Min­istry of Health and Child Care de­clared the out­break a state of emer­gency and also launched an ap­peal for $64,1 mil­lion to con­tain the cholera out­break, which has so far claimed 33

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