PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country has made strides in it fight against Covid-19 as he thanked China, Russia and India for rendering support in the exercise.
Just like every world country, Zimbabwe battles the pandemic that has claimed over a thousand citizens from a cumulative near 40 000 confirmed cases.
The pandemic has also claimed some of Mnangagwa’s top allies within government.
In a speech to mark Zimbabwe’s 41 years of independence, Mnangagwa also took time to praise the country’ frontline workers who have battled the disease, often with minimal resources.
“The dedication and sacrifice of frontline workers and security services are equally applauded. I congratulate you, our citizens for abiding by the national lockdown regulations and measures. The accomplishments we have made to date are due to the unity of purpose and spirit of oneness we have all shown,” Mnangagwa said.
Recalling that the nation had lost many of its citizens, including decorated heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle against the pandemic, Mnangagwa observed that Zimbabwe continued to learn lessons from the global health emergency, and pointed out that Zimbabwe is emerging stronger in the fight against the pandemic.
He said Zimbabwe is grateful for the financial and material support and solidarity from friendly nations and development partners in its efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
“Allow me to take this opportunity to thank various partners and friends of Zimbabwe including the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of India, for their support to our vaccination program,” Mnangagwa said.
To date, a total of 276,095 people have received their first jab and 35,806 their second jab.
Mnangagwa delivered his independence speech at State House, broadcast live on state television and other online media platforms.