The Equity Group in partnership with the Kenya COVID-19 Fund on Monday, November 16 donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) worth Sh3 million to Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH).
The PPEs which will be geared towards protecting health care workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is the fourth consignment delivered to the facility.
The PPEs consignment that include surgical and respiratory masks, disposable gowns, among other things come at an opportune time when the need for PPEs to protect frontline workers is increasing. Since it was designated as a national isolation center, KUTRRH has treated over 2,000 COVID-19 patients.
Equity Group Chief Commercial Officer Polycarp Igathe said that most of the PPEs donated to KUTRRH have been produced locally by Kenyan labour and factories. Igathe says that this is a deliberate effort by Equity to promote local industrialisation.
KUTRRH Board Member Dr. Alfred Karago said: “We applaud Equity Group Foundation & Kenya COVID19 Fund Board for their fundraising efforts. This gesture reminds us that the dangers of COVID19 are real & we should protect ourselves. PPE donations will ensure our health workers are well protected-KUTRRH Board Member,”
The Equity Group in partnership with the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board have so far donated PPEs valued at Sh18 million to KUTRRH, this forming part of the total Sh350 million PPEs consignment that has so far been distributed to public hospitals.
At least 2,200 healthcare workers in Kenya have been infected with COVID-19, while at least 25 have paid the ultimate price since the advent of the disease in the country back in mid-March.