Staff Reporter

SAVANNA Tobacco through the Adam Molai Foundation has deployed 10 doctors to Chimanimani to help the victims of cyclone Idai which has resulted in loss of lives and leaving thousands homeless.

The 10 doctors deployed to Chimanimani include 1 neurologist, 4 specialists and 5 general practitioners.

The Foundation also donated food, medicals supplies and blankets worth over $250 000, the goods which were handed over to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare on Friday for distribution in the Eastern Highlands.

Addressing the attendants, chairman for Adam Molai Foundation Mr Itai Watinaye said they were greatly saddened by the loss of lives and destruction of property by cyclone Idai.

Mr Watinaye also acknowledged the efforts of the government in helping the victims of the cyclone.

“I want to acknowledge the efforts of the government of Zimbabwe especially the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. We do not plan disasters but I just want to thank the efforts that are being done. Cyclone Idai has hit the country by storm and we are working on a programme which will assist the 10 provinces to sustain themselves.

“The foundation has various partners who are assisting the victims in Chimanimani. The touching part on cyclone Idai is that we drive revenue in the Eastern Highlands and it has touched most of the people who we work with,” he said.

Mr Watinaye also extended his condolences to the families that lost their loved ones during the cyclone.

“We would like to extend our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. To our government, our door is open as this is not a government issue alone but a national issues so we must work together as a nation. We have engaged 10 doctors to assist so that the situation is managed. The medical supplies we have donated will be used to treat everyone in need of urgent medication,” he said.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Dr Judith Kateera who received the donation on behalf of the minister Dr Sekai Nzenza applauded the efforts by Adam Molai Foundation in helping the victims of cyclone Idai.

Dr Kateera said she has also witnessed another said incident in Masvingo were close to 4 000 homes were destroyed by the cyclone.

She also appealed for donations to help the people of Masvingo as they were also in need of food and shelter.

“I have just come back from Masvingo yesterday and about 4 000 household were destroyed. We are appealing for anything that can recover life after cyclone Idai. We are appealing for anything like building materials and labour. We are very grateful for the positive energy that we have seen from the Zimbabweans and those abroad. Let us continue this positive energy in building resilience and in building our country,” said Dr Kateera.

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