Cor­po­rates join cholera fight

Econet pours in $10 mil­lion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Paidamoyo Chipunza Se­nior Health Re­porter

ECONET Wire­less has availed $10 mil­lion to­wards con­tain­ing a dual out­break of cholera and ty­phoid fol­low­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of an emer­gency in Harare on Mon­day.

The Pres­i­dent’s Fund also re­leased $100 000 to­wards the same cause, while Quest Mo­tors do­nated a 3,5 tonne truck to as­sist with lo­gis­ti­cal re­quire­ments in man­ag­ing the out­break.

The Zim­babwe Red Cross So­ci­ety (ZRCS)has on the other hand launched a $250 000 ap­peal for it to as­sist the Gov­ern­ment in its ef­forts to fight the out­break. As of yes­ter­day, 25 peo­ple had died of cholera, while 3 766 oth­ers had re­ceived treat­ment at dif­fer­ent camps in Harare since the be­gin­ning of the out­break on Septem­ber 6, 2018.

Speak­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing the do­na­tions in Harare yes­ter­day, Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr Oba­diah Moyo said he was im­pressed by the re­sponse of dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers and donors to the cri­sis.

He said Gov­ern­ment was com­pil­ing a list of an­tic­i­pated re­quire­ment.

Dr Moyo said the list in­cluded re­quire­ments from other Gov­ern­ment depart-

ments like sewer and wa­ter retic­u­la­tion sys­tems.

“Since dec­la­ra­tion of the out­break as a dis­as­ter, we have been re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions and cor­po­rates. These in­clude lo­cal and for­eign com­pa­nies. I am thrilled by the as­sis­tance that con­tin­ues to come through,” he said.

Dr Moyo urged stake­hold­ers to con­tinue as­sist­ing Gov­ern­ment in its quest for a long-term solution to end wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion-re­lated diseases like cholera and ty­phoid.

He said teams on the ground were work­ing flat out to en­sure the out­break was con­tained.

Deputy Min­is­ter of Health and Child Care Dr John Mang­wiro stressed the need for good per­sonal hy­giene.

He said cholera and ty­phoid sim­ply means in­ges­tion of hu­man fae­cal mat­ter.

“Peo­ple must play their role by prac­tis­ing good per­sonal hy­giene to avoid get­ting these diseases. As a min­istry we are run­ning with the clean­li­ness is next to god­li­ness mantra: Zim­babwe shall be clean again,” he said.

Econet Wire­less chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Dou­glas Mboweni pledged to con­tinue sup­port­ing Gov­ern­ment to end the cholera and ty­phoid out­break.

He said Econet had as­sisted in the fight against cholera since the 20082009 na­tional out­break.

“We will be walk­ing to­gether as part­ners and we will be avail­able to do what needs to be done to as­sist in this cri­sis,” said Mr Mbo - weni.

Pres­i­dent’s Fund chair Mrs Getrude Chik­wava said the cholera sit­u­a­tion re­quired every­one’s con­tri­bu­tion.

“Funded through play­ing lotto, we are de­lighted that we were able to re­spond as quickly as pos­si­ble to the plea for as­sis­tance. When a dis­as­ter has been de­clared, it be­comes every­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said Mrs Chik­wava.

Quest Mo­tors also of­fered free ser­vice for its truck for the next three months.

In a state­ment, the Zim­babwe Red Cross So­ci­ety said it was ac­tively in­volved in com­mu­nity-based mon­i­tor­ing of cholera, ed­u­ca­tion and health pro­mo­tion in com­mu­ni­ties, churches and schools.

It said to di­rectly as­sist over 15 000 peo­ple with wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion ser­vices to avoid fur­ther spread­ing of the out­break, it re­quired US$250 000.

“There is a high risk of the dis­ease spread­ing to other prov­inces across the coun­try as Mid­lands is ge­o­graph­i­cally at the cen­tre of the coun­try and there is fre­quent move­ment of peo­ple. We have de­ployed most of the Red Cross vol­un­teers to the cap­i­tal city of Harare’s Glen View and Budiriro high-den­sity sub­urbs which have been iden­ti­fied as the epi­cen­tre of the out­break,” said Mr Maxwell Phiri, the Zim­babwe Red Cross So­ci­ety sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

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