Sisters of the Little Company of Mary respond to the Covid situation in Zimbabwe

Sisters of the Little Company of Mary respond to the Covid situation in Zimbabwe.

To be for others as Mary was for her Son on Calvary.

We, the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary felt the call to listen to the emerging need which threatened the wellbeing of humanity since ours is the call to make visible the healing presence of Christ to all who suffer, especially the sick and the dying.

Our hospital has become an oasis in the desert in the treatment, care and management of persons infected and affected with covid-19 in Zimbabwe.

When Covid-19 virus emerged at the end of 2019, little did anyone anticipate that one day, the virus would become a global pandemic affecting thousands of individuals, families, and societies worldwide. It seemed like it was another country’s problem, while the rest of the world continued with their own concerns and worries. The threat of the pandemic became real to many by the beginning of January 2020. We, the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary felt the call to listen to the emerging need which threatened the wellbeing of humanity since ours is the call to make visible the healing presence of Christ to all who suffer, especially the sick and the dying. Our charism finds its inspiration in Mary and that small band, who remained in solidarity with Jesus on Calvary, to witness to a presence of love and compassion.

Initially, the majority in Zimbabwe were only seeing on the media the untold suffering caused by Covid-19. The first case in Zimbabwe was reported on 21 March 2020 in the resort town of Victoria Falls. By 31 March, 7 more people had tested positive, with 1 reported death. By March 2020, Covid-19 was causing havoc in so many lives. Many became afraid, anxious, and sometimes paranoid. Travelling became scary and the lockdown made sense to the majority of the citizens. The call for the readjustment of the way of life was embraced.

Health Care workers were ill prepared to tackle the sudden pandemic and there was fear, stigma, and discrimination. The whole sector was ill prepared to handle the first recorded person who succumbed to the virus. Review of the management of the first person who succumbed to Covid-19 in the country brought the realisation that, things were not well. It then took men and women of courage, faith and hope to move forward and fight the invisible enemy. We, as Little Company of Mary Sisters played our part; ideas emerged, were shared, combined and defined and before we knew it, St. Annes Hospital, one of our Health Care Institution which had been closed, underwent necessary repairs.

After four months of preparation, St. Annes Hospital opened its doors to the public and received its first patient with Covid-19 on the 10th of August 2020 with the support from corporates, individuals, NGOs and the worldwide L.C.M Congregational family.

The hospital has become an oasis in the desert in the treatment, care and management of persons infected and affected with covid-19 in Zimbabwe. It has brought hope to so many, thanks to the generosity and the goodwill of our God, of our teams on the ground, our sponsors, supporters, benefactors and well-wishers and all our Sisters across the world.

Sr Ellen Maseve LCM- Region Leader

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