PHD Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya has extended a hand towards the fight against cholera by donating hygiene products worth $1 million and enough to cover an estimated 10 000 households.
Magaya, made the donation during a church service in Waterfalls Harare on Sunday.
Some of the donated products include gloves, detergents and water purifying chemicals and the first consignment of products which arrived in the country was given to PHD Ministries members from Budiriro and GlenView.
An estimated 2000 church members from Budiriro and Glen View areas were each given a package containing bottles of toilet cleaners, hand sanitisers, water purification tablets and 100 latex gloves.
During the handover, Magaya made an emotional plea urging the church members who had received the initial donation to pass on the supplies to affected community members in need as this promoted social cohesion.
In an interview with the State Media, Magaya said he sold two of his cars in South Africa to raise part of the money donated towards the cholera response.
“As a church we also raised funds through our branches in Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Zambia and South Africa, just to name a few. I also sold two of my cars in South Africa so that I could put the money towards the cholera response.
Two other haulage trucks are on their way from South Africa bringing more sanitisers, latex gloves, toilet cleaners and water purification tablets. We had to buy in South Africa because we could not get adequate supplies here in Zimbabwe as our order was big.
As I speak, I am left with nothing but as a church, we shall help the Government to fight cholera until there are no more reported cases.”
He added that the cholera outbreak was not only a Government headache, saying churches should play a role in educating people on proper waste management, sanitation and hygiene especially those in the food handling business.
He also said churches, as an important stakeholder, should immediately respond to such public health challenges affecting Zimbabweans.
“The cholera problem should not be left to Government alone. Some people who come to pray in our church come from communities badly affected by cholera. As such, it is our duty to educate people and ensure that we support Government policies and also respond in times of crisis. That is why as PHD Ministries we also do several clean-ups in Harare’s central business district during the course of the year. It is our role as a church to help keep a clean environment to help minimize diseases.”
Below are pictures of the PHD Ministries leader making the donation.