The county government of Trans Nzoia has received a consignment of locally manufactured PPEs produced through a partnership between Kenya COVID-19 fund and the Equity Group Foundation.
The consignment which includes disposable gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, nitrile gloves, head/hair covers, shoe covers, and gumboots was donated to the county’s teaching and referral hospital.
Equity group’s Chief commercial officer Polycarp Igathe emphasized the need to equip health care providers with essential tools since they are frontline soldiers in the war against the virus.
“We should not leave out the essence of devoting our efforts to ensuring the health care personnel don’t contract the disease by providing them the right equipment,” said Mr. Igathe.
Area Governor Patrick Khaemba said the donation will be instrumental in boosting efforts to combat the pandemic challenging locals to keep observing prescribed safety guidelines.
“This equipment will assist us in kicking off of the 300 bed health capacity at our isolation facility. We have to contain this virus since the trend is rising,“said Governor Khaemba.
Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa promised to sponsor a motion in parliament to amend the law which gives the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) the monopoly to supply drugs and non-pharmaceuticals in public health facilities.
“We have from time learnt that KEMSA’s delays are hampering efforts by county governments to get timely supplies. We want to give room for competition,” said Mr. Wamalwa.
The Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board and Equity Group Foundation (EGF) embarked on the distribution of locally manufactured PPEs valued at Kshs 237, 218,300 to public hospitals for use by healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 patients.