Chiefs hail Amai Mnan­gagwa

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Tan­yaradzwa Ku­taura

TRA­DI­TIONAL lead­ers have ap­plauded First Lady Amai Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa for tak­ing a lead­ing role in en­sur­ing cit­i­zens have ac­cess to qual­ity and af­ford­able health­care.

On the side­lines of the 2018 World AIDS Day Cel­e­bra­tions in Glen­dale yes­ter­day, Ma­zowe district Para­mount Chief Makope (Mr Ja­cob Mapir­in­janja) said the First Lady was show­ing her ded­i­ca­tion to im­proved health for the dis­ad­van­taged.

He said tra­di­tional lead­ers would as­sist her ef­forts, as well as Gov­ern­ment pro­grammes aimed at im­prov­ing the health de­liv­ery.

“As tra­di­tional lead­ers, we are happy over the man­ner in which the First Lady is show­ing love for Zim­bab­weans. The pre­vi­ous First Lady did not have such a car­ing heart,” he said. “We have ob­served how she has taken time to visit our hos­pi­tals to ap­pre­ci­ate how pa­tients are be­ing treated.”

Chief Makope said tra­di­tional lead­ers had a big role to play in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

“We, tra­di­tional lead­ers, will work with the Gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers such as the Na­tional AIDS Coun­cil and the Dreams Pro­gramme so as to fight HIV and AIDS un­til we achieve our tar­get to rid of the dis­ease to­tally by 2030,” said Chief Makope.

“The pro­grammes that are be­ing im­ple­mented by NAC in the district are show­ing pos­i­tive signs as we are wit­ness­ing a de­crease of HIV in the District.”

The De­ter­mined, Re­silient, Em­pow­ered, AIDS-free, Men­tored and Safe (Dreams) Pro­ject seeks to re­duce HIV in­fec­tions among ado­les­cent girls and young women in 10 African coun­tries.

Mashona­land Cen­tral is char­ac­terised by farm­ing and min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, with many peo­ple liv­ing in com­pounds where there are high in­ci­dences of STIs and HIV.

Mashona­land Cen­tral Pro­vin­cial Chief’s Coun­cil Chair Se­na­tor Cle­mence Nem­bire (Chief Nem­bire) called on Zim­bab­weans to shun im­moral sex­ual be­hav­iour to curb the spread of HIV.

He hailed the First Lady’s health ini­tia­tives, adding: “Amai Mnan­gagwa is do­ing good be­cause she is al­ways on the ground tak­ing a lead­ing role. She hardly has time to rest and is al­ways on the go at­tend­ing to var­i­ous is­sues for the bet­ter­ment of our peo­ple’s lives.”

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