Shot in the arm for 7 hospitals


HARARE – Seven public hospitals in Zimbabwe are set to benefit from an $8 million donation of essential medicines.

The donation was made by Celebration Health, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and Citihope International.

The partners handed over $2,8 million worth of medicines to the ministry of Health and Child Care.

“Today we are going to handover to the ministry of Health a consignment of essential medicines valued at $2,8 million which will benefit seven hospitals, Chikurubi Maximum Prison Hospital, Khami Prison Hospital, Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Harare Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospital, Mpilo Central Hospital and Ingutsheni Hospital,” Simbarashe Sibanda, Celebration Health chairperson, said.

The donated drugs treat various ailments including high blood pressure, heart failure, prostrate disorders, seizure disorders, pain, heart attacks, stroke, allergies, type two diabetes and psychosis, among other disorders.

Paul Moore, CitiHope international chief executive, said the next portion of the drugs worth $5,1 million will arrive on Saturday and be distributed accordingly.

“This new delivery of medicines is not just in response to a crisis or to address the long-standing issues of communicable diseases but rather it is about taking a proactive approach in dealing with problems like cancer and haematological diseases, hypertension and diabetes,” he said.

The partnership, which started in 2009 in reaction to the cholera epidemic, contributed $20 million worth of medical equipment, of which over $8 million worth of drugs benefited about 43 000 people infected with cholera.

Honest Marandu, country manager for Coca Cola Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, said: “Our investments in access to clean water, in education, in entrepreneurship and in health over the years are an equally important part of commitment to our consumers and to this country.”

Tom Deuschle, founder of Celebration Ministries International, said the donation could not have been possible without the partnerships.

He called on other businesses and organisations to come up with ways of making a difference in Zimbabwe.

“None of this could have been possible without partnership. As Celebration Health, we are just glad to be part of this.”

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