By ZBC Reporter
As part of complementing government efforts to ensure citizens comply with Covid-19 regulations, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Honourable Raj Modi is on a drive to avail PPEs to the people of Bulawayo.
This Tuesday ZBC News caught up with Honourable Raj Modi in the heart of the city at the Fifth Avenue Market interacting with informal traders who lauded his support for a national cause.
We interact with a lot of people as we sell our wares and it is important that we always have the right PPEs with us to protect ourselves and also continue with the business.
We are very grateful for this kind gesture, its not every day that you can get free PPEs, this is a reminder to us as traders that the virus is still with us,said some of the traders.
Honourable Modi explained why he decided to embark on the initiative,highlighting the risks faced by vendors in their day to day activities.
I chose this place the market as it is the busiest place in Bulawayo and vendors do not always follow the set WHO guidelines, people are now letting their guard down and some are reluctant to get vaccinated so this is an opportune time to encourage them to vaccinate as we fight the pandemic,said Modi.
The Deputy Minister who later donated PPEs to ZBC Montrose Studios said it is critical to suppress the spread of Covid-19 during the winter season.
We need the media to disseminate information to the people and them being frontline workers they need to be protected from the virus.
ZBC Head Montrose Dr Omphile Marupi expressed the national broadcaster’s appreciation towards the kind gesture.
As frontline workers we are exposed to the pandemic and this donation by Honourable Raj Modi will help us conduct our duties knowing that we are protected. It is important that media practitioners are given enough PPE’s as they mingle with people,he said.
689 397 people have received the first dose while 389 412 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, bringing the cumulative number of those inoculated so far to one million and 78 809.