MTN Zambia has donated 300 bins, 60 vests and K100, 000 worth of assistance to cater for items such as hand sanitizer, towels and soap to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Lusaka City Council (LCC) to help curb the Cholera outbreak in the capital city.
MTN Zambia has made the donation, worth over half a million Kwacha to supplement Government efforts in the fight against the outbreak that has exceeded over 2, 600 cases since October 2017.
Business has been interrupted in the past weeks to pave way for LCC with the help of the Zambia Amy to clean the Central Business District (CBD) as well as other trading places and affected areas.
MTN Chief Executive Officer, Charles Molapisi said the contribution was in line with the company’s long-term responsibility to communities where MTN operates.
“The decision to support the Zambian government and local authority is in line with MTN’s commitment to look beyond its main operations by reaching out to the communities through its corporate social responsibility. Curbing the spread of Cholera is not the sole responsibility of the government and this is why we are making this donation to help citizens and local authorities mitigate the spread of the disease,” said Mr. Molapisi.
He added that “We believe that even after the country manages the outbreak, health and sanitation must remain a priority and this is why we are thinking long term. There is need to ensure that residents have enough bins and awareness regarding waste disposal.”
The outbreak started in October 2017. Today, the cumulative total number of cases countrywide stands at 2, 905 cases with 67 deaths recorded. Of the total figure, Lusaka has recorded 2, 755 cases.
The outbreak has affected many business entities with most trading places and restaurants closed. Lusaka’s CBD entered the new year on a bad note as trading was on hold for 3 days to allow for cleaning of the city.