By Scoop Reporter

FIRST National Bank (FNB) Zambia, has partnered with Hollard Zambia and Right-to-care Zambia to offer COVID-19 Relief Support to national authorities. The trio jointly donated COVID-19 Test Kit items valued at approximately K902, 000.

Bydon Longwe, FNB Zambia CEO; Paul Nkhoma, Hollard Zambia CEO and Dr. Crispin Moyo, Managing Director, Right-to-care Zambia, made the donation to the Ministry of Health.

Commenting on the relief support offered, Bydon Longwe, FNB Zambia CEO said, “The collaborative effort is inspired by the South African Pandemic Intervention and Relief Effort (SPIRE) intervention and relief effort launched by FirstRand Limited, of which FNB Zambia is a subsidiary.

We hope and believe that this timely action will help the country assist national authorities and their partners in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 rapidly and at scale, especially at a time when we are beginning to see alarming spikes in the number of daily cases.”

The donation consists of the following items which will assist technicians in processing lab results: Nuclisens Easymag Lysis Buffer, Biohit Tips for Easymag, Nuclisens Easymag Ext Buffer 1, Easymag Disposables, Nuclisens Easymag Ext Buffer 2, Nuclisens Easymag Magnetic Silica, Nuclisens Easymag Ext Buffer 3, Qia-amp Viral RNA Mini Kit (Qiagen).

Speaking on the joint donation, Hollard Zambia CEO, Paul Nkhoma said:

“The success of our businesses is intertwined with the prosperity of our nation. It is therefore our duty, as active corporate members of society, to support and assist our communities where necessary to enable better futures. Therefore, we are pleased to have been able to present this testing apparatus as contribution to the proactive and decisive response to the pandemic.”

Dr. Crispin Moyo, Managing Director, Right-to-Care Zambia said:

“Right-to-Care Zambia (RTCZ) is dedicated to the health and wellness of the people of Zambia. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, RTCZ has been combatting the HIV epidemic in Northern, Luapula, and Muchinga provinces since 2016.

“Since the outbreak in Zambia, we’ve been supporting the Zambian National Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Health with modelling and visualizing the pandemic for rapid response. Public-Private partnerships, such as ours, will play a key role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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