ZANZIBAR families and medics who have been severely hit by the Covid-19 outbreak will share 60m/- and 40m/- respectively, as one of the ways of comforting them.
The fund is a donation from the People's Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ) board of directors and management.
"We believe those who contracted coronavirus could not engage in any economic activities for a long time, and also recognise and appreciate the good work done by medical doctors, nurses and other health workers to contain the pandemic," PBZ Executive Director Mr Iddi Hajji Makame said.
During a cheque handover of a total of 100m/- to Second Vice-President Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi, the PBZ boss said the disease had severely affected the lives of people and they had therefore decided to comfort them.
“According to health experts and sociologists, Covid-19 is causing anxiety, uncertainty, and disruption across the globe, and much more is needed to ensure that the most vulnerable families have the support they need,” he explained.
On his part, the Second Vice-President thanked the bank, pledging that the support and money would be spent as planned, urging members of the public to continue adhering to health precautions.
Authorities here have been receiving donations from individuals, public and private institutions to support the victims and the ongoing war against the pandemic.