The Kenya Covid 19 Fund and the Equity Group Foundation on 16th November 2020 donated Personal Protection Equipments (PPE) to Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital. The PPEs are an essential measure of infection prevention and control for the frontline healthcare workers in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The consignment included respirator masks, 3-ply surgical masks, reinforced disposable gowns, medical scrubs, coveralls, shoe covers, headcovers, and face shields worth Ksh 3 million.
Speaking on behalf of the Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Alfred Karagu appreciated the efforts by the Covid 19 fund and the Equity Group Foundation in the prevention and fight of the pandemic. Further, he reiterated the essence of the public, taking precautionary measures to protect themselves against the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 crisis reminds all of us of the importance of protecting ourselves as the public while also providing a safe and secure working environment for all frontline health workers. Here at KUTRRH, we have witnessed firsthand, the admirable resilience and courage of our frontline healthcare workers. We have also endeavoured to ensure that the frontline workers are safe as they deliver their much-needed services.,” noted Dr. Karagu.
The Ag. Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Victor Njom noted that quality PPEs are critical in this era as the country continues to record an increasing number of Covid 19 cases. Besides, he thanked the Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya Covid 19 fund for ensuring that the frontline workers are not exposed.
“As of the end of October this year KUTRRH has cumulatively admitted 2,319 Covid-19 patients, discharged 1,534 and currently 72 patients are admitted,” said Dr. Njom.
Speaking at the event, the Equity Group Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Polycarp Igathe, reiterated the commitment of the fund to supporting the fight against Covid 19. Further, he noted that EGF and Covid 19 fund has been able to donate PPEs worth 18.5 million shillings to KUTTRH since the beginning of the program.
KUTRRH was categorized as a National Isolation Centre for Management of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health in March 2020 and has continued to treat and isolate COVID-19 patients.