FRONTLINE medical workers in Siaya County have received personal protective equipment (PPE) worth KShs. 737,500.00 from Equity Group Foundation to support the fight against coronavirus.
The equipment which will be distributed to various health facilities across the county include 150 goggles, 10,000 surgical masks, 750 disposable scrubs, 450 cover rolls, 1,000 head cover and N-95 masks.
“Our health workers are critical in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The disease is spreading fast across the country which makes it important to ensure preparedness and protect health workers in all counties,” said Governor Cornel Rasanga while receiving the PPE’s from Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited (EBKL) Board’s Non-Executive Director Samwel Onyango.
The Governor noted that the County Government was grateful for the support from the Equity Group Foundation and expressed his belief that this will boost Siaya county’s preparedness to protect it’s health workers as they work around the clock to save the lives of COVID-19 patients.
Equity Director Mr. Onyango, on his part, said that the Bank have embarked on the second phase of mask distribution targeting health institutions in the 47 counties and final year medical and dental students from 11 universities.
“We have injected some KShs. 135 million on the equipment that will insulate health workers against contracting Coronavirus,” said Onyango.
The Equity Foundation spent KShs. 260 million on protection equipment in the first phase that were distributed to 68 public hospitals in the country to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic which was used in acquiring disposable gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, gloves, shoes covers and gumboot.
“The second phase is projected to consume KShs. 135 million of KShs. 1.1 billion that was jointly contributed by Equity Group Foundation, Equity Bank, Mastercard Foundation and Equity Bank CEO Dr James Mwangi,” said Onyango adding that more focus on beneficiaries is given to specialists who risks exposure to the virus.
“We are handing over the quality equipment to hospitals to ensure frontline workers are protected to reduce the risks of exposure by providing second layer masks,” he added.
Flanked Health Executive Dismas Wakla, County Secretary Joseph Ogutu, Health Acting Chief Officer Dr Eunice Fwaya, Onyango said the foundation was investing on high quality equipment manufactured by local companies.
“Through Kenya Association Manufacturers (KAM), Equity Bank and partners are now producing high quality equipment at very attractive prices which will allow the bank to stretch it’s investment thus enabling it to meet the countries demands for a longer period of time.