KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Health Chitalu Chilufya has commended Toyota Zambia for donating 5,400 insecticide treated mosquito nets worth US$20,000 to the ministry.
Dr Chilufya said when he received the mosquito nets on Thursday that the items will go a long way in saving people’s lives.
“Today, we gather to witness the handover of 5,400 mosquito nets that Toyota Zambia has bought and contributed to the Ministry of Health,” he said.
Dr Chilufya said the private sector needs to align its social responsibility programmes to supporting one key element of productivity, which is the health labour force.
He said Government will broker new relations with corporate institutions and individuals in meeting aspirations of citizens through delivery of quality health services.
“President Lungu has declared malaria an enemy of development of this country and he has led the fight of eliminating malaria,” he said.
Dr Chilufya said the Patriotic Front government has set a clear target to eliminate malaria by 2021 which requires control measures.
He said Government has also started distributing 10.2 million mosquito nets countrywide and will start indoor spraying next month.
And Toyota Zambia managing director Dino Bianchi said the donation of the mosquito nets is confirmation of the firm’s commitment to supplementing Government’s efforts in fighting malaria.
In a speech read for him by chief financing officer Tomson Phiri, Mr Bianchi said Toyota Zambia spent US$20 million on procuring the mosquito nets.
He said this is a contribution to the malaria elimination programme which the Ministry of Health launched under the ‘Malaria Ends With Me’ campaign.
“This contribution is in line with our core values which are focussed on making positive contributions to improving the quality of life of communities in which we live and work,” he said.
Mr Bianchi said Toyota Zambia appreciates the support it has continued to receive from Government and Zambians.
He said the company will continue to partner with Government through the Ministry of Health and other ministries to implement similar programmes in health, education and safety.
“We are therefore confident that the national malaria elimination programme will yield the much needed results and Toyota Zambia’s donation to this programme will contribute to the elimination of malaria in Zambia and improve the livelihoods of the people.