The Sunday News
Mthabisi Tshuma in Ndolwane, Bulilima
THE fight against Covid-19 has been escalated due to the support from the corporate world and individuals who have heeded the clarion call by President Mnangagwa to play a part in mitigating the spread of the pandemic.
Speaking at the donation of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE), sanitary wear and school stationery by TelOne at Lady Baring Rural Hospital commonly referred as Ndolwane Clinic, Minister of State in Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s office Dr Evelyn Ndlovu said President Mnangagwa has led a great fight against Covid-19.
Ndolwane Clinic is a site that has been earmarked as a rural district hospital for Bulilima District due to its adequate infrastructure, electricity availability and abundance of running water. TelOne donated 50 blankets, 500 washable masks, 750 surgical masks, two infrared thermometers, 125 000 litres of hand sanitisers, 20 litres of outdoor disinfectant, 20 litres of indoor disinfectant, 27 reusable health aprons, 1 000 sanitary pads, 2 000 SiNdebele Covid-19 guidelines posters and 1 000 English Covid-19 posters.
“When Covid-19 came to Zimbabwe it was after we had heard of the disease from countries among them China and Italy and the bad effect was felt by many societies. In that light, President Mnangagwa led in sourcing resources to address the pandemic and we saw planes flying in from friendly countries and individuals which shows the good relations Zimbabwe has with other countries in the Second Republic,” she said.
Dr Ndlovu praised TelOne for playing its part in ensuring that rural communities also receive equipment that will help in the fight against the deadly virus.
Deputy Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Dingumuzi Phuti urged the parastatal to come up with innovative ideas that will help the growth of the ICT sector amid the global health crisis.
“We are grateful to be receiving this donation as a constituency which will go a long way in assisting our frontline workers, the communities they serve and also the education sector.
“As TelOne you also have a role to ensure that you tap into the digitisation of the technology industry and this can come with ways that relate to the situation that we are grappled with,” said Deputy Minister Phuti.