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Old Mutual embarks on Tiritose/Sisonke Campaign to combat COVID-19

Mr. Samuel Matsekete, the CEO of Old Mutual Zimbabwe

Old Mutual Zimbabwe has embarked on the Tiritose/Sisonke campaign in a bid to address the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the loss of lives and decimation of many businesses.

The leading financial services provider Old Mutual has donated an assortment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be used by frontline health workers in the fight against Covid-19 at four health centres in the country.

The PPEs will benefit staff at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Mplio in Bulawayo, Mutare Provincial and Kwekwe. Each hospital received 500 waterproof gowns, 500 face masks boxes, 500 face shields,  500 plastic aprons, 500 latex gloves boxes and 500 Hazmut blue-lined suits. The financial services giant is also providing hampers to the health workers.

The donation is a key facet of Old Mutual’s business ethics which focuses on addressing the concerns of the wider community and making charitable donations in critical areas of need.

Commenting on the donation, Old Mutual Zimbabwe Group CEO Sam Matsekete said: “No words can express our appreciation and recognition of the diligent and hard work that the Government of Zimbabwe, through the Ministry of Health and Child Care have been putting towards mitigating the harsh effects of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the country”.

He added: “As Old Mutual, we acknowledge this great effort, and we would like to support the government’s efforts by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used by frontline workers at hospitals in hotspots across the country”.

Matsekete saluted the health workers for their hard work and commitment in the fight against Covid-19.

“Please continue the fight with the knowledge that Old Mutual will continue to support you and wishes you all success in the fight against the pandemic,” said Matsekete.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, we will continue to invest in communities in which we operate to foster social development and economic progress. To achieve this, the health of our communities is critical hence this donation to health workers.

In a related story, the first of the monthly vaccine shipments acquired by the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) have been shipped to Togo.

This month the AU Member States begin to receive the shipments, announced on Thursday, August 2, 2021, with 50 million doses expected to have been delivered by the end of December.

The vaccines, part of the 400m single doses acquired by the AU from Johnson & Johnson, will immunise a third of the African population, bringing the continent halfway towards its goal of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population.

 

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