First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday officially handed over a maternity ward she refurbished through her charity organisation, Angel of Hope Foundation, to Harare Central Hospital.
Amai Mnangagwa said, the delivery of health care services was an important component of the country’s national development.
“The delivery of health care services is an important component of our national development. Diseases do not select whether you are a man, woman or a child. Everyone gets sick at some point in life; however, it takes more than medication for a patient to speedily recover,” she said.
The First Lady said it was crucial to support sick relatives for their quick recovery.
“There is need for a combination of a number of essentials like good nutrition, care, love and support. Kana tine varwere mudzimba, are we giving them love and care? Kana munhu achirwara, akasapihwa love and care, rufu rwake rwuri pedyo.
“Tinokurudzira nekukumbira kuti mudzimba ngatigarei nevarwere zvakanaka tichivakurudzira kudya kuitira kana mukazouya navo kuzvipatara zvinoreruka, vokasika kupora,” she said.
The First Lady said she visited the hospital in January and was touched by the challenges it was facing.
“When I came here in January ndakaona kuti pamusha pedu panoda kutaridzika zvakanaka. I then asked for assistance from my partners and we painted the maternity hospital so that women give birth in a clean and friendly environment. Musha wakachena musha unonakidza.
This is the role I take seriously because mothers are critical in our society as they care and look after the children who are the future generation of our beloved country,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
“My concern goes beyond hospitals as it covers the whole spectrum of the vulnerable in our society and I will continue to emphasise that the uplifment of livelihood and the improvement of the quality of life of the vulnerable is the responsibility of us all.”
The First Lady urged corporate, development partners, communities and individuals to come together for the betterment of the country.
“Angel of Hope Foundation seeks to touch lives and instill hope to those who otherwise would have lost it. My vision in a nutshell is sustainable transformation of lives.
I am happy today because there is a noticeable change at this maternity ward. It has a fresh look, a new coat of paint. To me this is a demonstration of care to those who will use this facility,” she said.
The First Lady thanked Angel of Hope partners who have been helping her in her philanthropist projects.
“I thank my partners who support the realisation of my vision. It is through their helping hands that today we have revitalised this maternity ward,” she said.
Angel of Hope Foundation partnered with Splash Paints & Plastics in the renovation of the unit.
After the ceremony, Amai Mnangagwa presented a food hamper to baby Auxillia Mawunga whom she named on her birthday.
Rachael Mawunga the baby’s mother narrated how the First Lady visited her hospital bed soon after giving birth in January and asked her (Amai Mnangagwa) to name the child and she named her Auxillia.
Mrs Mawunga and her husband Clifford live who live in Mbare offered jobs by Angel of Hope partners Splash Paints & Plastics because they were both unemployed.
Amai Mnangagwa commended the company for the kind gesture and urged the couple to work hard in their newly found jobs and not disappoint their employers.
Harare Central hospital’s board chairperson Dr Edward Chagonda thanked the First Lady for giving the maternity hospital a new face.
The First Lady also donated groceries, bed linen and baby blankets to the hospital on the same day.