THE Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, ZRCS, has partnered with the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show, ZAS, through provision of free health and first aid services with the organisation providing COVID 19 vaccinations at this year’s edition of the annual business showcase.
In support of the government accelerated and decentralised vaccination drive, the ZRCS has deployed a team of medical doctors and nurses who are providing COVID 19 vaccinations for free within the exhibition centre, bringing the much-needed services closer to the people who might have missed an opportunity to get vaccinated due to other commitments.
The humanitarian player has also deployed first aid action teams who are responding to first aid casualties. Those in need of assistance would then get closer attention at the Red Cross clinic situated near the main arena.
The ZRCS Secretary General Mr. Elias Hwenga said as an auxiliary to government’s humanitarian efforts, they are playing a complimentary role and will continue providing such services whenever possible.
As an auxiliary to government and a humanitarian player whose sole mandate is to serve humanity, providing heath and first aid services at ZAS and other national events is in sync with our mandate and mission. This need has been even more evident this year as we are grappling with the COVID 19 pandemic and in line with the government’s accelerated vaccination drive, we strongly feel bringing the vaccines closer to the people will go a long way in the attainment of the herd immunity we intend as a nation so that we might return to our normal activities,” added Hwenga
The vaccination program brings the much-needed service closer to those who are formally and informally employed. In line with the government policy, the vaccinations are being availed for free.
“Our main thrust through this vaccination initiative in support of the government’s COVID 19 accelerated and decentralised vaccination drive is to ensure that everyone has access to COVID-19 vaccines. There is no time for waiting, we need to vaccinate as many people as we can immediately. The need to vaccinate as many as we can is crucial for us as a country so that we reach the goal of herd immunity.”
The Clinic has been identified as one of the National Society’s key income generating projects for self-sustenance whilst simultaneously fulfilling its social protection mandate by providing quality affordable healthcare to the population, especially those in the low- and medium-income bracket. The Clinic is essentially a low-cost primary healthcare facility offering quality medical services at significantly low, affordable rates compared to other private and public healthcare institutions.
“We have been offering COVID antigen test at the Clinic and our laboratory department is comprehensive, offering haematology, microbiology, serology and chemistry and is also referral from local surgeries, clinics and hospitals. With the trusted Red Cross brand and favourable pricing model, the Red Cross Clinic and healthcare projects are poised for major growth. The Society plans to leverage on the success of the Harare Clinic and proposed Hospital to duplicate this model in other provinces country wide,” said Dr Joel Tapi, the ZRCS Clinic Practitioner in Charge.
The Clinic which operates every day except on Sundays, offers a wide range of medical services including general practitioner and gynaecology consultation, laboratory services, pharmacy, ultrasound scan, radiology services, x-ray, cardiography, ECG, specialist services including gynaecologist, Neuro, Physician, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedics, counselling and dental services.
Since the outbreak of the COVID 19, the ZRCS has been working closely with the government and other development partners in a bid to save lives through donations of Ventilators, PPEs, and other essential equipment while raising awareness at community level through its wide volunteer base.
The ZRCS seeks to explore the expansion of its medical and pharmaceutical businesses so as to strike a balance of a financially self-sustaining humanitarian player through provision of low-cost high quality affordable medical and pharmaceutical services to the Zimbabwean populace.