Corporates act on Gweru typhoid scare

Zimbabwe General Medical Aid (ZGMA) recently came to the aid of Mkoba 1 Clinic as Gweru still battles to contain a typhoid outbreak that has claimed seven lives.

BY VANESSA GONYE

Midlands provincial medical director, Simon Nyadundu was quoted in some sections of the media saying nearly 130 people were treated of suspected typhoid on Heroes’ Day and two had died on the same day, while Ascot had a number of new cases being reported.

Mkoba 15, 18 and 20 are the worst affected and have since started receiving water purification tablets and containers to help curb the outbreak.

In light of this, ZGMA has joined several other organisations in partnering with the Health ministry to help reduce the spreading and effects of typhoid. The medical insurance provider recently donated 20x500ml sodium hydrochloride, 4×24 baked beans tins for patients, 3×100 pack latex gloves, 4×1 pair hand gloves and 6x750ml methylated spirit to Mkoba 1 Clinic.

The medical aid firm donated the goods through the Gweru City Council’s health department at Mkoba 1 clinic administrator Rodgers Fusirayi, among others.

Speaking at the same event, TM Group chairperson, Tinashe Manzungu said their intervention was a testimony of the strong bond that they have with the people of Midlands.

“Our intervention in the outbreak was a sign of our good ties with the people in the Midlands. We want the public to know that they can always count on us when such incidents occur because we are here for the people. We provide quality health care for all,” he said.

ZGMA business development officer Takudzwa Gumbo said their main responsibility was to ensure the provision of quality healthcare as well as assistance in times of crisis.

“Our main goal as a medical aid is to provide quality healthcare for every Zimbabwean. It is upon us as a health service provider to offer assistance in any health challenge faced by our city or province. We open our doors to the public because that is where our concern is,” he said.

The Health ministry raised alarm over the rising incidence of typhoid in the Midlands capital, amid calls for assistance from various support groups.


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