Na­tion’s health top pri­or­ity: ED

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Mu­gabe in BU­L­AWAYO

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa says the health and well-be­ing of all Zim­bab­wean cit­i­zens re­main a top pri­or­ity of his ad­min­is­tra­tion in light of the cholera and ty­phoid out­break in Harare.

He said in ad­di­tion to the dec­la­ra­tion of a state of emer­gency, an in­ter-agency com­mit­tee had been set up to deal with the epi­demic.

In this re­gard, the Pres­i­dent chal­lenged lo­cal author­i­ties to en­sure san­i­ta­tion in their ar­eas meets the re­quired hy­gienic stan­dards, as he com­mended the cor­po­rate sec­tor for ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa made the re­marks while ad­dress­ing peo­ple at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Hopeville Hous­ing Scheme and the Turn Mata­bele­land Green tomato pro­cess­ing project here yes­ter­day.

He said so far Gov­ern­ment had re­ceived un­wa­ver­ing sup­port from both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to con­tain cholera and ty­phoid out­break.

“Let me as­sure the na­tion that the health and well-be­ing of ev­ery ci­ti­zen through­out the coun­try will re­main a top pri­or­ity un­der my ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said.

“Be­fore I came here this morn­ing (yes­ter­day) I should be able to say the re­sponse we are re­ceiv­ing from the pri­vate sec­tor and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions is re­ally com­mend­able. We have re­ceived so much sup­port in terms of ma­te­ri­als and in terms of fi­nan­cial sup­port from our peo­ple to fight cholera and ty­phoid epi­demic in Harare. But what is most im­por­tant is for the coun­cils, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to make sure that san­i­ta­tion in their ar­eas are up­date, wa­ter is clean. This is a re­spon­si­bil­ity which the mu­nic­i­pal­ity must make sure they take care of,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“Gov­ern­ment re­mains gravely con­cerned with the spread of wa­ter borne diseases such as cholera and ty­phoid. A State of emer­gency has been de­clared in Harare and an in­ter-agency com­mit­tee has been set up in re­sponse to the epi­demic. I call on cit­i­zens and cor­po­rates alike to come for­ward and as­sist with re­sources to help ar­rest and con­tain this dire sit­u­a­tion.”

Quot­ing the Bi­ble, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Zim­babwe was mak­ing progress de­spite years of eco­nomic stag­na­tion.

He said it was now time to look for­ward and not in the past for progress’ sake.

“As we re­build and de­velop our great na­tion, let us do so in love, peace, har­mony and unity, re­minded by the word of God in the book of Ne­hemiah 4 verse 6; “…so we built the wall . . . be­cause the peo­ple had a mind to work,” he said.

“Let us there­fore have a mind for hard hon­est work, united as one peo­ple, with one flag and one Na­tional An­them. “As it is said in Isa­iah 43 verses 18 and 19;

‘For­get the for­mer things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am do­ing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not per­ceive it? I am mak­ing a way in the wilder­ness and streams in the waste­land”.

He de­clared: “To­mor­row is surely a brighter day. With God all things are pos­si­ble!”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Gov­ern­ment had em­barked on an am­bi­tious and yet achiev­able course to leapfrog eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through a ro­bust in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and moderni­sa­tion agenda tar­get­ing all sec­tors of the econ­omy.

“Equally im­por­tant is the need to de­velop vi­brant agro-pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries which up-takes our pri­mary prod­ucts,” he said.

“To date, we have re­ceived in­vestors in­ter­ested in help­ing us to fur­ther de­velop and con­struct more agro-based in­dus­tries to process veg­eta­bles, fruits, meat and dairy prod­ucts. I there­fore urge all farm­ers through­out the coun­try to fo­cus on in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity in ev­ery sphere of our agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

“My Gov­ern­ment will sup­port re­search and de­vel­op­ment more con­cert­edly in or­der to re­alise im­proved yields and bet­ter qual­ity of our agri­cul­ture prod­ucts. We have in this re­gard com­mit­ted one per­cent of our GDP to sup­port re­search and de­vel­op­ment across all sec­tors.”

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