EcoSure moves to help capacitate doctors and nurses amid COVID-19 pandemic


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the global community battling the virus, EcoSure has announced plans to immediately support the country’s national health delivery system by equipping frontline medical staff with protective personal equipment (PPE).

Adding to that, Ecosure has also pledged to providing them with life and health insurance and offering them safe transport to and from work daily, for the coming 12 months.

Cassava Smartech’s chief executive Eddie Chibi, expressed that there is critical need for protection of the medical staff that will be involved in helping curb the lethal coronavirus pandemic.

“In the situation we find ourselves in as a nation, we want to ensure all frontline medical staff are fully protected and we are putting in place measures that give them confidence as they carry out their noble duty of primary patient care and as they save lives,” said Chibi in a statement.

This comes at a time there are two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, and one confirmed death.

EcoSure General Manager Godwin Mashiri said that his organisation would immediately begin the process of providing support for all medical practitioners, doctors and nurses who go to work and attend to their duties at this critical time.

“We are offering free personal protective equipment for all doctors and nurses who attend to their duties at this very critical time. We are also offering free Vaya transport to both nurses and doctors, so they can commute to and from work in safe and sanitized vehicles,” Mashiri said in a statement.

VAYA recently announced that it had taken the lead in promoting safe transportation during the COVID-19 epidemic by training its drivers in strict health and safety protocols, and equipping them with sanitizers and face masks, among other interventions.

“We will also be immediately offering life and health insurance in the form of a cash benefit of ZWL$500 per day, for each day of hospitalization, and a lump sum benefit of ZWL$50,000 in the event of permanent disability and eventual death caused by any accident,” Mashiri said.

Mashiri added that the package would include a cash benefit of up to Z$30,000 in the event of death arising from any other cause apart from accidents.

Furthermore, Ecosure will also be offering 100 percent education scholarships for the children of any medical practitioner who takes up this offer to work in public hospitals or clinics at this time, should they pass on during this period.

Mashiri went on to state that the education scholarship would be administered by Higherlife Foundation through its Capernaun Scholarship.

Higherlife Foundation is funded by the Econet group of companies and by Delta Philanthropies, the social impact vehicle of the Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa and his family.

It has already been supporting hundreds of doctors who signed up to a Fellowship scholarship launched late last year.

The Fellowship, worth over ZWL$100 million, was offered amid a crippling, nation-wide strike by doctors that had left thousands of patients desperate and stranded.

Higherlife said at the time that its main focus was the plight of the patients, and that it sought to capacitate healthcare personnel to be able to treat patients.

Meanwhile, Cassava chief executive Chibi said that the EcoSure COVID-19 package that they just announced, would commence immediately and run for 12 months.

Chibi said it is complimentary with the new measures also noting that EcoSure had also partnered with the City Councils around the country to provide hand-washing basins in urban public places to promote sanitation and cleanliness that help prevent the spread of the virus.

“As a business, we are taking different measures to curb the spread of the Corona virus both at our own workplaces and in public spaces,” Chibi said.

He said all of Cassava Smartech’s staff members were now ‘telecommuting’ (working online from home) after the company made available digital platforms to ensure customer services were available all the time in the period the nation is battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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