“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston S Churchill. These words of wisdom are what the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Comerce believes in as it donated ambulance to Chivhu general hospital on April 15.
Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, Mashonaland East Governor Retired Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri and other government officials attended the handover ceremony of the ambulance donated by the “Voice of business” held at Chivhu hospital.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Parirenyatwa said the hospital was strategically located as it is in a high accident zone, the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway and can play a major role as the first emergency centre for road traffic victims, hence the plan to turn it into a centre of excellence. He added that the ambulance would also assist in reducing maternal deaths.
Bimha thanked the ZNCC for the donation.
Bimha, who is also the Member of Parliament for Chikomba West, said the ambulance would go a long way to assist the community.
He said the donation was a fitting Independence Anniversary gift. The ZNCC team was encouraged to continuously give back to the community after the tour revealed more needed to be done to improve, not only Chivhu general hospital, but also the broader community.
Mutinhiri called on local business people to help improve the health sector.
President of ZNCC Davison Norupiri said they sourced funds from various stakeholders to purchase the ambulance from South Africa.
Norupiri said the ambulance was meant to assist Chivhu general hospital to respond to emergencies as the Beitbridge road has a high rate of accidents and has claimed many lives.
This gesture was further evidence that partnerships with organisations such as the Chamber have positive outcomes.
Chivhu hospital, which has a bed capacity of 82 with two ambulances, handled 126 accident cases in the last six months.
The Chamber has taken the first step to encourage its members to give back to the community and encourage development that benefits Zimbabweans.
ZNCC took the opportunity to challenge and encourage local businesses to give back to their communities and ensure that they assist in developing them.
With support from members and different stakeholders, ZNCC will continue to assist the community.
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