Officials receive cholera control supplies donated by the Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe (CCEZ) in Harare, Zimbabwe, Feb. 2, 2024. Chinese enterprises in Zimbabwe on Friday donated cholera control supplies worth 10,000 U.S. dollars to the African country. (Photo by Tafara Mugwara/Xinhua)
HARARE, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese enterprises in Zimbabwe on Friday donated cholera control supplies worth 10,000 U.S. dollars to the African country.
Chinese entities under the Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe (CCEZ) delivered supplies including disinfectants, protective clothing, tents and food items to the Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare.
"It is important for the business communities to come together to help," said Liu Baixue, vice chairperson of the CCEZ, after the donation ceremony.
The donation not only demonstrated Chinese enterprises' social responsibility but also symbolized the solidarity and bond between Chinese and Zimbabwean people, Liu added.
The CCEZ has over 80 members, including Chinese government-owned entities and China-listed companies in various sectors such as mining, manufacturing, power generation and logistics.
Gideon Mapokotera, the provincial human resources officer in the Ministry of Health and Childcare, thanked Chinese entities for their donation, viewing it as a shot in the arm in the fight against cholera.
"The Chinese have always been good friends to Zimbabwe. They have brought a various assortment of goods ... and these will go a long way in motivating our staff, and reach out to our community," he said.
So far, Cholera cases have been recorded in most of Zimbabwe's 64 districts. On Monday, an oral cholera vaccination program targeting 2.3 million people was launched to fight the spread of the disease. ■