Story by Providence Maraneli
GOVERNMENT has honoured a Zimbabwean Doctor who discovered the COVID-19 omicron variant, for his contribution to saving humanity after it triggered the global mass vaccination exercise,
True to the popular expression “give a person their flower while they are alive,” the Government of Zimbabwe has honoured one of the top Zimbabwean medical doctors, Dr Sikhulile Moyo who at the darkest hour of COVID-19,discovered the Omicron variant which triggered mass vaccinations across the globe to save lives.
Born in Matobo District of Matabeleland South Province, it was only logical for Dr Moyo to share his special moment with people from his rural home.
A routine genome sequencing of PCR tests in November 2021 at his lab in Botswana saw him noticing a new and unusual pattern of multiple mutations, prompting the whole world to rethink its stance on COVID-19 vaccination.
“I am so delighted to have been recognised by my government for my contribution towards the fight against COVID-19. It shows that we as Africans can contribute immensely to the world , I have no doubt that if we work together and combine our traditional knowledge systems and science we can be better than anyone,” he said.
The local leadership is convinced that the introduction of science subjects from the earliest possible stage has set the country on the right path to development.
“This is one of our own who has been recognised world over for his contribution to the fight against a deadly disease and as you know as government we have made it a point that science subjects are now taught even at the lowest level so that we have our children contribute to the country and to the government’s vision,” said Matobo North Legislator, Honourable Edgar Moyo.
The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira handed over US$50 000 to Dr Moyo as a token of appreciation.
“We know that Dr Moyo won international awards and nominations that have placed Zimbabwe and Africa on the world map, His Excellency, the President recognises and appreciates what this man did to save humanity,” he noted.
Dr Moyo, who ironically is the grandson to the late national hero, Cde Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo, has won many accolades, among them the Festus Mogae award HIV research, the Martin Luther King Junior Humanitarian award and the 2022 Germany Africa award.
He was also included in the 2022 Top 100 most influential people in the world.