The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has donated COVID-19 test kits to The Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) amounting to ZMW 198,000. This will cater to 1125 Covid-19 tests for frontline Staff and Care givers. In addition, CIDRZ has offered its laboratory services such as blood tests based in Kalingalinga discounting upto ZMW 50,000 to ZMA Members who may wish need them.
Handing over the donation was CIDRZ CEO, Dr. Izukanji Sikazwe who expressed that her organisation responded to the call from ZMA on their concern for the need for frontline workers to be tested and as part of ZMA Care for the Caregiver task force. Dr Izukanji further expressed appreciation to all front line workers and ZMA members for their continued efforts and stated that CIDRZ continues to be a key ally in this fight.
In receiving the donation ZMA President, Dr. Crispin Moyo thanked CIDRZ for the support shown stating the kind gesture would not only motivate but also strengthen the profession in preparation of the projected Covid-19 4th wave in the country. Further Dr Crispin Moyo urged Zambians including all health care workers to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Dr. Sikazwe Izukanji in closing congratulated the new ZMA National Executive on their election to office and looks forward to continued partnership in delivering better health and wellbeing in the country.