Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to donate meals for the front line health workers combatting COVID-19 cases in Georgia


ALBANY, GA (WALB) – NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo provided hundreds of meals Monday for frontline health care workers at three Georgia hospitals, including Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Hundreds of lunches and dinners were brought to Phoebe health care workers by the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Mutombo also personally gave meals to hospital nurses in Atlanta at Grady and Piedmont hospitals. Mutombo, whose foundation built and runs a hospital in his native land of Congo, now lives in Georgia. He said he wants to be a part of the fight against coronavirus.

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The NBA Legend and Atlanta resident knows about “hot zones” because his homeland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been ravaged by several deadly Ebola virus outbreaks in recent history. Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, last June U.S. health officials turned to Mutombo, the basketball hall of famer for help.

Regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist in his native Congo, Mutombo recorded radio and video spots in three African languages designed to persuade the people in the Congo to take the appropriate safety precautions and get care that might stop the disease’s spread. On March 2nd , Dr. Philip M. Ricks, of the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center reported to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, “some good news about Ebola. No new cases in seven days”. This report was the first time since the beginning of the disease response that no new confirmed cases were reported over a seven-day period.

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