Zim Red Cross donates PPEs to health frontline workers

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Manicaland ZRCS provincial manager Munyaradzi Chikukwa hands over the PPEs to be used at the Victoria Chitepo Hospital in Mutare, Manicaland recently
Manicaland ZRCS provincial manager Munyaradzi Chikukwa hands over the PPEs to be used at the Victoria Chitepo Hospital in Mutare, Manicaland recently

Tawanda Marwizi

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society continues to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus distributing PPEs to frontline health workers across Zimbabwe.

The programme is being held with German government and Novartis through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

These donations come at a time Zimbabwe continues to record increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases across the country.

The country recorded five more deaths on Wednesday pushing the overall death toll to 354 since March when the pandemic first hit the country.

Zimbabwe has recorded 13 148 Covid-19 cases and 10 705 recoveries.

Meanwhile, the ZRCS recently handed over the PPEs to Victoria Chitepo General Hospital formerly Mutare General Hospital and Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.

The PPEs donated included hand sanitisers, gloves, face mask and gumboots.

The same equipment was also donated to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo and Tsholotsho District Hospital in Matabeleland North.

Officiating at the handover at Victoria Chitepo Hospital, Manicaland ZRCS provincial manager Munyaradzi Chikukwa said the donation was part of the society response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The donation is part of the ZRCS response to the COVID-19 where it complements the national health systems through provision of PPE for the frontline workers to reduce the risk of infection and transmission and enable continuity of health service provision,” he said.

Government officials who attended the handover programme expressed their gratitude adding that the gesture would go a long way in providing protection to the frontline workers.

ZRCS has been instrumental in complementing government efforts in alleviating disasters in several provinces.

The ZRCS is also working with government in helping people in Manicaland who could be affected by the Cyclone Chalane which hit Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

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