By Memory Chamisa
As part of showing support to cancer patients, honouring survivors and remembering those who lost their lives to the disease, this Sunday Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in taking part in the World Cancer Walk.
World Cancer Walk is a global effort to support cancer patients, survivors and their families as well as raising money towards cancer research.
The event is a 24-hour relay spanning almost all times zones across the world, but due to covid-19, people could not meet and walk together but had to do it individually.
For cancer survivor Faresi Takawira, taking part in the walk is a way of supporting those still in treatment.
“I am a breast cancer survivor and know how difficult it is, but I’m grateful for the support system I had during my treatment period and hence I’m walking today in support of all those going through what I did and cancer needs all hands on deck as the treatment process is never easy and requires a lot of funds.”
Government has since proposed an alcohol and tobacco levy to fund health care services in the country, with Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also Health and Child Care Minister, saying this will raise money for health needs without having to tax all citizens.