By ZBC Reporter
The provision of therapeutic meals to hospitalised patients has been described as key in enhancing the survival chances of those battling deadly illnesses such as COVID-19.
When Zimbabwe recorded its first COVID-19 case in March this year, private partners joined the government in the ongoing mobilisation of sanitisers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
However, in addition to the provision of PPEs, therapeutic meals to hospitalised patients have been cited as key in the fight against the deadly pandemic.
Mpilo Central Hospital Acting Clinical Director, Dr Xolani Ndlovu said this when he received grocery consignments from a private company in Bulawayo this Wednesday.
“Many have responded well to the government’s call for assistance during this trying time. However, most aid has been pouring towards PPEs and sanitisers. It is equally important to consider boosting immune systems for hospitalised patients by providing therapeutic food.”
Handing over the first donation worth 4 million Zimbabwean dollars pledged to President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the 22nd of April, Dairiboard Group Marketing Executive, Ms. Tracy Mutaviri said the entity has started delivering promised donations across the country.
“We understand that our health institutions are financially strained and have challenges to deliver a standard meal for patients. When this consignment is finished we are ready to make other deliveries until what we pledged to the President is met.”
The dairy company is set to deliver milk and some of its products to other hospitals in various provinces.