Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board have commenced the distribution of the second consignment of locally manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) worth Ksh 125M to public hospitals across all 47 counties in Kenya.
All final year medical and dental students from 11 universities with medical and dental schools are also set to benefit with PPEs valued at Kshs 10M, bringing the total value of the consignment to Ksh 135M.
Commenting on the exercise, Dr James Mwangi Equity Group Managing Director and CEO, who is also the Chair of the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board Health Committee noted that both Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board remain committed to fulfilling their promise of supporting the medical fraternity serving in public hospitals with PPEs to safeguard health workers serving on the frontline in mitigating the COVID- 19 pandemic.
This initiative is part of the sustained efforts to protect medics from the COVID-19 virus.
The consignment includes: 266,000 respirator masks, 2.7 million 3- ply surgical masks, 50,000 reinforced disposable gowns, 2 million pairs of nitrile gloves, 60,000 pairs of medical scrubs, 50,000 coveralls with shoe covers, 300,000 head covers, 55,000 face shields, 34,000 pairs of goggles and 200,000 disposable aprons.
“With the escalating numbers of COVID-19 cases, it is critical that we protect our healthcare workers who continue to serve with fortitude. This second round of PPEs will equip even more of our healthcare workers. Now that the finalist medical students have resumed classes and clinical rounds, we felt that they too should be protected as they apply themselves in their last practical lap of training alongside their colleagues at the frontlines,” said Dr Mwangi.
The Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board Chair, Jane Karuku reiterated the Fund’s commitment to remain at the forefront in strengthening COVID-19 mitigation measures noting that “At some point, we were hopeful that as a country, we were managing the pandemic and containing the infections. However, the upward spike in the positive COVID-19 cases recently witnessed has proven that as Kenyans, we cannot afford to drop our guard. We need to all play our part in reducing the spread of the virus. Let us all stay safe by wearing your mask, maintaining social distance, washing your hands with soap and water and adhering to the Ministry of Health Guidelines.”