Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Rungsungh Masakui handed over Covid-19 related medicines to Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro at NatPharm Warehouse in Harare on Saturday.
Ambassador Masakui expressed his pleasure in making such a donation to Zimbabwe although India was also reeling under the effects of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am happy that another consignment of medicines has arrived from India (Government of India) for donation to the Government and the People of Zimbabwe.
“I am particularly happy to mention here that despite staggering number of Covid-19 cases in India (604 641 confirmed cases, 17 843 dead and 359 860 recovered) and our limited resources in our own battle against this deadly disease, our Prime Minister is committed to supporting our friendly countries as this fight requires global cooperation,” said Ambassador Masakui.
Ambassador Masakui noted that due to delayed resumption of domestic and international air service it was difficult to put together the remaining consignment, but will do so as the situation improves and that his country will soon donate ambulances to Zimbabwe.
“What we have received and will be handing over is a consignment of 11 medicines which are specific to the treatment of Covid-19 cases… also to say that the balance of medicines worth US$1.6 million for donation to Zimbabwe will be procured after the pandemic situation improves.
“I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that 10 ambulances for donation to the Government of Zimbabwe are under procurement. They will be shipped to Zimbabwe very soon (hopefully mid-August 2020),” concluded Ambassador Masakui.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Mangwiro expressed his condolences for Indians who perished as a result of Covid-19 and thanked the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for such a donation as this one.
“First and foremost I would like to pay my condolences to the loss of life that happened in India.
“I would like to say although things are hard for you in India, Your Excellency, the Prime Minister has found it good to help us … and our President (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) is aware of these things (donations),” said Dr Mangwiro.
Among the donated drugs was Cilastatin Sodium, Sodium Chloride, Methyldopa, Oxaliplatin, Allopurinol and Mupirocin which Dr Mangwiro said will go a long way in pain relieving among Covid-19 positive people.