Britain is willing to work with Zimbabwe in fighting Covid-19, especially over health workers and personal protective equipment, UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe Melanie Robinson has said.
Tweeting yesterday she said, “We stand ready to work with the new team to address key issues related to the health worker crisis and PPE shortages.”
The new team refers to the appointments this week of VP Constantino Chiwenga as Minister of Health and Child Care and Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza as permanent secretary.
Britain, which has already promised material worth US$43,6 million to help with Covid-19 joins the People’s Republic of China as one of the leading foreign partners to come to Zimbabwe’s aid in a very strong way during this pandemic.
President Mnangagwa’s administration has been on a re-engagement drive, with a consistent message that the Second Republic was willing to work with all countries. Just like other countries, especially the developing countries, Zimbabwe has had challenges in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, but the UK said they were willing to give Zimbabwe a shoulder to lean on.
Ms Robinson’s Twitter message was confirmed as authentic to The Herald by embassy officials last night.
Last month Vice President Chiwenga sourced equipment from China to help fight the Covid-19 virus, and more international support seems to be in the pipeline.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo said the Government appreciated the intervention by the UK and said they would continue to mend relations.
“We appreciate the level of assistance coming from all over the world and also including the United Kingdom. We are quite optimistic that relations between Zimbabwe and the UK will continue to cooperate and that we find each other,” said Minister Moyo.
Despite the growing figures of infection in the country, Zimbabwe’s hospitals are not yet overwhelmed, but the growing number of cases is worrisome.