The Japanese Tobacco International (JTI) has spent US$300,000 purchasing materials towards the fight against coronavirus in health facilities and schools to Western and Eastern provinces.

Kaoma District Commissioner Kennedy Mubanga disclosed this when him and his counterpart Nkeyema District Commissioner Albertina Mwanamwalye received the donation from JTI on behalf of the Government institutions.

Mr. Mubanga commended JTI for supplementing Government’s efforts in curbing further spread of coronavirus in health facilities and schools through the provision of materials.

“A total amount of USD 150,000 has so far been spent in Health facilities and schools and handed over to the respective beneficiaries in Kaoma and Nkeyema Districts, “ he revealed.

Mr. Mubanga said that the donation will improve the quality of teaching in schools and also assist health personnel as they execute their duties in the fight against the pandemic.

And speaking for Nkeyema District, Mrs. Mwanamwalye said the assistance could not have come at a better time than this when the two Districts were in need of protective materials for learners, teachers and health workers.

She said JTI has been an all-weather partner to various Government ministries in the two Districts through its Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mrs. Mwanamwalye assured JTI that the donated items will be closely monitored to ensure they reach the intended beneficiaries.

“I also want to thank Government for providing a conducive and enabling environment for our cooperating partners such as JTI to freely operate in the country and I wish to assure JTI that the donated materials will be monitored so that they are put into good use. I also encourage you to continue with issues of Corporate Social Responsibility in our communities,” Mrs. Mwanamwalye said.

And JTI operations manager, Victor Kanchumbwe revealed that the company has spent US$300,000 through its Corporate Social Responsibility in two Provinces namely Western and Eastern in which it operates.

Mr. Kanchumbwe reaffirmed his company’s commitment to assisting government in areas of need.

The materials donated include hand held thermometers, hand washing facilities, protective clothing, hand sanitizers, chlorine, face masks, gloves and other assorted disinfectants.

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