Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has retained the dignity of post leprosy patients by demystifying the stigma towards leprosy through a donation of thousands worth of groceries to Mutemwa Leprosy and Care Centre.
The donation is coming just after POTRAZ donated to two other institutions ; Kidzcan and the Albino Association of Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Mutoko, the Head Marketing and International Relations Mrs Muteyiwa said that as an institution POTRAZ is honored to have Mutemwa open their doors and accepting the assistance they had to offer.
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“Each year as POTRAZ we set aside a small amount of money to assist communities in need. Our hope is to contribute in small ways, to build strong, competitive and vibrant communities around Zimbabwe,” she said.
In an interview with Father Alfred Patience Tigere the Administrator at the Care Centre said that the Institution was overwhelmed by the love and kindness shown by POTRAZ to their community.
“The donation made here today will take us a long way. We know that it will last us the next six months and we are grateful because as an institution that provides Care we often require a helping hand,” he said.
Mutemwa Leprosy and Care Centre aims to provide physical and medical care to recovering leprosy patients, physically handicapped and destitute people.
The Centre houses 38 people that have been affected by leprosy and it has become a home for 76 year old Gilbert Njanji who is now a post leprosy patient but has battled with the condition for years.
There is a lot of stigma towards people living with leprosy, some of the patients at Mutemwa haven’t seen their relatives ever since they were admitted to the Centre meaning that some family members abandon their relatives upon the realization that they have been inflicted by leprosy.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes.
Leprosy is known to occur at all ages ranging from early infancy to very old age. It is curable and early treatment averts most disabilities.