ICZ makes timely Covid-19 donations
HARARE, The Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) donated 40,000 litres of diesel to the Civil Protection Unit which will be used through the Ministry of Health and Child Care and 270 grocery hampers worth $925,000.
The fuel donation was presented to President Emmerson Mnangagwa by the Chairman of ICZ, Patrick Kusikwenyu.
Kusikwenyu said that the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had put a strain on available resources and there was need for private sector support to augment government efforts in managing the adverse effects of the scourge.
“The negative effects of the pandemic had awakened the realization that we need to work together to win the fight against the pandemic,” he said.
He noted that the timely donation would be distributed to government hospitals across the country for use by ambulances to ferry covid patients to hospitals.
“The number of patients requiring transportation to medical facilities significantly increased due to the rise in infections under the third wave,” he said.
ICZ also donated 270 food hampers to the medical and ancillary staff working in the Parirenyatwa Hospital Covid Red Zone.
ICZ appreciated the long hours that the staff had to work due the increased number of hospitalizations.
The hospital was appreciative of the donation which it said was a motivating tool to the staff that was working tirelessly to provide the required medical care to covid patients.
ICZ made the donation as a member of the Business Fighting Covid Trust which has been instrumental in mobilizing support for the Parirenyatwa Hospital since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
Considering that most of the hospitalizations were of patients that had not been vaccinated, ICZ is adding its voice in encouraging people to take advantage of free government vaccination programme to protect themselves against the corona virus.
It has been proven globally that vaccines are effective in reducing infections, number of hospitalization and the severity of symptoms should one get infected after being fully vaccinated.