Gospel singer Mai Patai and Radio DJ Vasco appointed ZNFPC Champions for Midlands Province
Gweru-based showbiz personalities Mai Patai and DJ Vasco were appointed Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) family planning champions for the Midlands province. Pastor Respina Patai, aka ‘Mai Patai’ was appointed the Family Planning Champion for the Midlands Province while Elias Maginya, popularly known as, ‘DJ Vas’ on the Midlands province radio station 98.4 FM, was appointed ASRH Youth-friendly Champion for the Province. The two were officially appointed during a signing ceremony held in the province’s capital.
By Alfred Tembo
Article Published in The Standard newspaper
Speaking to Standard Style, the duo expressed appreciation for the recognition saying this would help them do more within the community and advance the cause of ZNFPC at all levels of engagements. “I will work tirelessly to ensure that l meet ZNFPC’s expectations in driving their messages and encourage young people to make informed health decisions,” said DJ Vas. He was appointed Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Champion and during his term of office, the radio presenter would be working with young people from the age of 10 to 24 years.
Mai Patai said all the honour belongs God. “I thank God for this honourable appointment as family planning champion for Midlands province,” she said. “It is my pledge and desire to work with young girls and women and help them to address their concerns in developing the province.”
ZNFPC regards, ‘Family Planning Champions’ as influential persons that help to promote positive health seeking behaviours and accessing quality affordable clinical services. The organisation’s provincial manager Mrs Karen Dzuke said, “Family Planning Champions main role is to portray Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council in a positive light through promotion of clinical health seeking behaviours among women and men of reproductive age.”
Meanwhile, Mai Patai who is promoting her latest project, a single titled, ‘Watch and pray’, said she would be pleased to work with women from various social groups regardless of their social status. The award-winning musician’s rich musical catalogue has four quotable albums namely Makanaka (2004), Samulena (2010), Punish the Devil (2021) and Watch and Pray (2022).