Unilever provides recourse to Parirenyatwa Hospital

From Left Margaret Makondo, Unilever Occupational Health officer, Unilever Managing Director, Tendayi Mashingaidze and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Director of Finance and ICT, Mrs Mercy Sanzira during the donation.

By Nyasha Mutena

Unilever has donated materials to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals to help fight COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.

The materials consist of bi-level positive airway pressure machines (BiPAP) which are state-of-the-art ventilator machines used to treat chronic conditions that affect breathing, 20 cases of sanitation products which consist of Domestos, Lifebuoy soap, Lifebuoy hand sanitisers and 500 personal protective equipment. Parirenyatwa hospital is one of the COVID-19 designated treatment centers in Harare.

Extending the material, Unilever Zimbabwe Managing Director Tendayi Mashingaidze had this to say;

“Covid-19 has grounded the whole world and the best way to fight this pandemic is for all stakeholders to pull resources together. As the world-leading manufacturer of hygiene products, we are throwing our weight behind global and national efforts to protect lives and livelihoods from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We aim to improve hygiene and sanitation at Parirenyatwa which often experiences high human traffic. We felt compelled to play our part to assist one of the Covid-19 designated treatment centres with the resources they need”.

Receiving the donation, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Director of Finance and ICT, Mrs Mercy Sanzira said;

“Parirenyatwa was designated as Covid-19 treatment in 2020, the hospital had to undergo a massive renovation which the government of Zimbabwe chipped in with $50 million. We set aside 425 beds for Covid-19 patients. The need for personal equipment was very key”.

She encouraged the nation to stick to the guidelines set by the World Health Organisation inorder to handle COVID-19.

Further, Mrs Sanzira expressed high gratitude to Unilever saying that Parirenyatwa group of hospitals could not have gone through it alone.

“We are so thankful to the corporate world for chipping in at the right time. We have had a tough time financing PPE and all the resources required for the Covid-19 isolation and treatment centre. This donation has come in very handy. We have to be prepared for the possibility of the third wave, which we pray it won’t come,” Mrs Sanzira said.

Since last year, Unilever partnered with several stakeholders, including NGOs to mobilise resources to support in the fight against the pandemic.