Govt appeals for help to boost coronavirus preparedness


THE GOVERNMENT has called on public and private companies to help boost the country’s preparedness against the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 2 625 and infected more than 79 000 people worldwide.

Health and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo made the plea in Harare yesterday following a donation of eight state-of-the-art thermo-scanners from Mimosa Mining Company worth US$150 000.

Moyo said the acquisition of thermo-scanners, which can scan a person’s temperature three or four metres away, should inspire other corporates to make a contribution.

“We want to thank you for bringing in this new technology. Mimosa has also provided communication material in the form of banners and fliers as part of an awareness campaign to educate travellers and the public on Covid-19 (coronavirus).

“I would like to commend their gesture and urge other corporates to forge such partnerships as they benefit not only the Government of Zimbabwe but the public in general. The scope of engagement is great and I challenge other firms to come on board,” Moyo said.

He added that the state-of-the-art thermo-scanners will be used to screen travellers for the coronavirus (Covid-19) at all the country’s ports of entry.

This comes as the Health ministry is still looking for US$5,2 million needed to fully prepare for the coronavirus that has killed almost three thousand people worldwide.

Speaking at the handover ceremony of the thermo-scanners, Mimosa head of corporate affairs Elizabeth Nerwande said the mining giant responded to a request from the Health ministry.

“A few weeks ago, the ministry of Health approached us as Mimosa Mining Company to say we have the coronavirus that has come through. There is a lot of fear and anxiety, can you partner with us on this?

“We did not hesitate because it’s a relationship that we have. We went to look for the equipment.

“The thermo-scanners that we got can detect temperature from three metres away.

“We put aside US$150 000 as this is a big awareness programme,” Nerwande said.

Mines and Mining Development minister Winston Chitando, who attended the same event, encouraged mining companies to form partnerships with the Health ministry to help the nation move forward in fighting diseases.

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