Cimas Medical Aid has joined hands with other Business Member Organisations (BMO) to complement Government efforts in COVID-19 vaccination, this came out at the launch of the Private Sector COVID-19 Vaccination Programme which was officiated by Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro in the capital today.
Dr Mangwiro noted the support rendered to the Ministry of Health by the private sector in combating COVID-19 through implementing preventive measures as well as testing.
“Private sector has supported the Ministry’s COVID-19 testing initiatives, promoted and implemented the preventative and treatment protocols laid down by the Ministry in line with the World Health Organisation guidelines and contributed to the equipping of both private and public health facilities to ensure they offer appropriate treatment to COVID-19 patients who require it.
“Indeed, the private sector has risen to the challenge and of its own volition joined in the battle to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and its effects on those infected,” said Dr Mangwiro.
The Deputy Minister of Health praised Cimas for the leading role in coordinating BMOs to pool financial resources together towards the acquisition of vaccines to complement Government efforts to vaccinate 60 percent of the population.
“I know that Cimas, which is the Programme Technical Partner and Health Advisor to the Business Member Organisations, has been proactive in providing its own members with factual information about the vaccine… Cimas has played a major role in proposing to Government the private sector initiative to acquire and dispense the vaccine and in obtaining from Government the vaccines for the vaccination programme being launched here today,” said the Health Deputy Minister.
Cimas Medical Aid Chairperson, Mrs Emma Fundira said the medical aid was instrumental in COVID-19 information dissemination across the country and has led by example preparing for its members to be vaccinated.
“Cimas Medical Aid supported the fight to minimise the spread of the virus through information campaigns, making use of Ministry of Health and Child Care information to come up with posters and information campaigns.
“We at Cimas have been actively preparing our members for vaccinations, disseminating information about the vaccines, how they have been developed, how they work and the fact that they do not contain any live virus and responding to frequently asked questions about the vaccines,” said Mrs Fundira.
In his vote of thanks, Cimas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Vulindlela Ndlovu expressed his gratitude over the appreciation they received as the private sector in combating COVID-19 from Government.
“I would like to thank the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for recognising the role that the private sector can play in ensuring that the Government of Zimbabwe vaccinates the populace and reaches the 60% herd immunity required to eradicate the spread of the Coronavirus,” said Mr Ndlovu.
The Business Member Organisations (BMOs) comprising of Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe (CMZ), Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ), Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) and the Zimbabwe National Chambers of Commerce (ZNCC), among others.
The event was also attended by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Head Fiscal Policy and Advisory Services, Mr P. Kunaka, CZI CEO, Ms Sekai Kuvarika, Business Preparedness, Prevention and Response to COVID-19 (BPPRI) Chairperson, Mrs G Mashonganyika and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) representatives.