Care packs aid patients

Montseng Tsiu (Free State MEC of Health) receiving essential care products in aid of Covid-19 patients from Raymond Mzizi (Shoprite regional manager for the Central Region). Photo: Supplied
Montseng Tsiu (Free State MEC of Health) receiving essential care products in aid of Covid-19 patients from Raymond Mzizi (Shoprite regional manager for the Central Region). Photo: Supplied

Retail group Shoprite has donated 200 essential care packages to the Free State Department of Health to bolster the fight against Covid-19.

The packs, handed over on Friday (08/01) in Bloemfontein, are in aid of Covid-19 patients in the province’s health facilities. They contain blankets, essential toiletries (soap bars, face cloths, toothbrushes and toothpastes), hand sanitiser and energy drinks.

The products will be distributed among Covid-19 patients at four hospitals, namely Pelonomi, Universitas, the National District Hospital and the Free State Psychiatric Hospital in Bloemfontein.

The donation is a continuation of the retail group’s gesture towards hospitals countrywide since detection of the pandemic in South Africa in March last year.

“We place great value on the communities we serve, as they are at the core of our business,” said Lunga Schoeman, the group’s community social investment manager.

“In the face of South Africa’s alarming Covid-19 infections, many of the infected people cannot afford essentials like hand sanitiser. It is for that reason we have identified facilities in need of such essentials to assist patients in need.”

Montseng Tsiu, Free State MEC for Health, has expressed her appreciation for the retail group’s contribution.

“We can only succeed in fighting this pandemic if we work together,” said Tsiu.

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