ZIMBABWE’S leading beverages manufacturing concern, Delta Corporation has donated an amount to the tune of ZW$5 million to the government of Zimbabwe and ZW$1 million worth of medical accessories which will be channelled directly towards the identified immediate needs of frontline health care and law enforcement officers in the fight against COVID-19.
By Michael Gwarisa
The COVID-19 has infected more than million people globally and claimed 79, 060 lives. Zimbabwe currently has 10 cases including one death. Over the weeks, private sector and other well wishers have come forward to assist in the fight against the pandemic.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Harare, Delta Corporation Chairperson, Mr. Canaan Dube said the COVID – 19 pandemic could not have hit the country at a worse time. The country was already grappling with a hunger crisis due to persistent droughts and the pandemic had exacerbated the situation and put a further strain on limited resources.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented crisis in modern history that will require the best of humanity to overcome. The Novel Coronavirus has already taken thousands of lives and has spread to nearly every country in the world.
“Last Friday, H.E. The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe convened a meeting with business leaders at which he eloquently articulated the crisis that the country faced and launched an appeal for assistance. At the meeting with business leaders H.E. identified certain priority areas that included the purchase of test kits, thermal scanners, PPE, ventilators, isolation facilities together with water and sanitation,” said Mr Dube.
He added most of these items would have to be imported and must meet certain minimum standards.
“Our donation recognises the central role that government will play in addressing these priority areas. As a response to the H. E’s appeal to business leaders today Delta is making a cash donation of ZW$5,000,000 to the Government of Zimbabwe’s COVID – 19 Disaster Fund. This will be augmented by a further ZW$1 million worth of medical accessories which will be channelled directly towards the identified immediate needs of frontline health care and law enforcement officers.”
Mr Dube also said owing to the size of the crisis more resources are still required and the Delta Board and Management remain positive that the momentum set by your government to combat the disease in the country will yield tangible results and that the adverse impact on human life and the economy can be minimised.
“We are hopeful, Your Excellency, that the current lockdown and the ongoing initiatives to increase the testing of suspected cases will halt the spread of the pandemic. This will allow the Country to revert to normal life in the shortest period of time.