MASTERCARD Foundation in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) have donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies worth KShs. 4 million to bolster the healthcare system in Siaya as the battle against COVID-19 continues.
The donations aimed at boosting Siaya county’s health response interventions will be distributed across healthcare facilities in the county.
The Siaya Branch-Kenya Red Cross Society CHAIRPERSON Dr. Ken Orwenjo while handing over the items to County Health Executive Dismas Odhiambo Wakla reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to supporting the government during this pandemic.
“We have today donated a package of items worth KShs. 4 million which include assorted drugs and PPE from MasterCard Foundation. The assorted drugs include preventive medicines like vitamins for immune boosters, pherours-sulphate for pregnant mothers, pulse oxibitors to check oxygen saturations, gum boots, surgical gowns and sanitizers,” said Dr Orwenjo
On surveillance basis, the Red Cross do not look into COVID-19 alone but other diseases associated with it hence the diagnostic kits for cholera.
Mr. Oruenjo mentioned that MasterCard Foundation was also supporting the County Government of Siaya with fuel for six vehicles in three months and fuel cards already loaded with funds for fuel had been handed to the County Government.
“The aim of the fuel provision is to ensure that samples are easily transfered to KEMRI/CDC for analysis and contact tracing and transfer of COVID-19 cases is promptly undertaken” said Oruenjo.
The Siaya Red Cross Society Coordinator James Akello commended the County Government for the efforts and measures it has put in place during this COVID-19 period. The robust response has saved lives that could have been potentially lost to the virus.
During his remarks, Health Executive Hon. Dismas Wakla lauded the Red Cross for standing by the vulnerable at a “time of need” including provision of a two months stipend to 150 Community Health Workers managing the virus at the grassroots.
The token which is also a stipend from MasterCard Foundation remunerates the 150 health volunteers at a monthly stipend of KShs. 1,500.00 between November and December, 2020 through the Siaya Red Cross Society.
The Kenya Red Cross Society has at the same time been on the frontline in COVID-19 preparedness and response activities, key among them the training of healthcare workers and volunteers, distribution of handwashing machines, government community screening and contact tracing among others.