19 May 2021
Kagem continues support in the fight against Covid-19
As part of ongoing provisions to mitigate the contagion of Covid-19, Gemfields continues to ensure the health and safety of both its employees and of the citizens in communities surrounding its mines.
In Zambia this month, Kagem rolled out a voluntary vaccination programme for its staff in addition to providing further PPE, medical supplies, cleaning products and sanitization items to local health and education establishments.
As a result of direct liaison with the District Commissioner for Lufwanyama – on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of General Education – Kagem was able to identify the most essential items needed locally in the fight against the pandemic.
Kagem was delighted to organise and present a donation of PPE, medical supplies, cleaning products and sanitization items, worth in excess of USD 15k to Lufwanya District Hospital, Nkana Clinic and local primary and secondary schools: Chapula, Kapila and Masasa.
For the health centres, donations included amongst other things: hand sanitizer, cleaning products, gloves, boots, thermometers and both surgical and personal protective equipment; whilst the schools received: bleach, hand sanitizer, buckets and thermometers.
Kagem presented the much-needed donations to the District Commissioner for Lufwanyama, Ms Dorothy Chipimpi, who was guest of honour at the handover event.
“These donations form part of Kagem’s ongoing commitment to our local communities, as we aim to improve access to quality healthcare, which is never more important than now,” said Dr Chishimba.