THE country’s leading mobile network operator, Econet wireless has injected US$10 million towards for the procurement of Cholera prevention and management kits.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The development comes at the back of an escalating Cholera crisis which has seen the number of cases going up to 3 700. Government is working flat out to contain this epidemic getting assistance from well-wishers such as corporates and non-governmental organisations.
Giving a status update on the crisis, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the numbers continue to swell.
“The number of cases have continued to soar. Yesterday we had 3 067. Today we have gone up by 699 cases. We have gone up to about 3 766.So there is an increase indeed.
“The number of deaths that we have experienced so far, is 25. Yesterday we were 21. So the number of deaths has increased by four. We had 3 deaths at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital and one death in Glen View,” said the Minister.
A Canadian company Ozone Systems promised to provide water purification equipment for clean City water.
“A lot of companies are coming through showing their assistance to us in this terrible situation we face. So thank you very much Zimbabweans. So foreign companies. We have had a foreign company from Canada.
“As far away as Canada who are showing an interest to send some water purification equipment. They were in my office this afternoon. They are actually getting ready to airlift the equipment and I hope they will live to their pledge. They were quite serious. Their representatives came and we look forward to that support,” said Dr Moyo.
More hands are on deck with the President’s Fund chipping in with a whopping $100 000 to the cholera disaster fund, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator Econet Wireless giving a phenomenal $10 million and Quest Motors donating a 3, 5 Tonne truck to use for carrying the water.
Econet chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said their $10 million contribution will be overseen by both the telco and Government.
“We are very grateful to our Group Chairman who has approved a budget of up to $10 million to the work that is targeted at assisting in this crisis. We will be walking together as partners to look at details of what needs to be done,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President Fund has also donated an amount to the tune of US$100 000 while the Zimbabwean government has poured an extra US$1 million towards the cause.
President’s Fund chairperson Gertrude Chikwava said they had come through to assist at a time Zimbabwe was need of more resources to combat the scourging Cholera epidemic.
“The President’s Fund is a fund which really exists. It’s a charitable organisation. It’s a 100 percent charitable organisation. It exists to fund and assist other charitable organisations. We respond to disaster situations. We try by all means to respond as quickly to disasters so that in a way we set the pace and everyone else will follow. We funded through Play Lotto. Most people play lotto and they don’t even know the importance of every dollar they pay when playing lotto,” she said.
“From that position of everyone’s responsibility today we have come forward to present our check, our contribution of $100 000.”