KEPSA HEALTH SECTOR BOARD AND PARTNERS DONATE TO MINISTRY OF HEALTH

KEPSA HEALTH SECTOR BOARD AND PARTNERS DONATE TO MINISTRY OF HEALTH

By Donald Kogai

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance

handed over a shipment of Personal Protective

Equipment and other medical equipment worth

Kshs16 Million to the Ministry of Health.

In response to the call from the Government of

Kenya to mobilize resources to combat the

coronavirus pandemic, KEPSA through KHF and

its partners including BobMill, L’Oreal East

Africa, Covestro, and Architectural Association

of Kenya (AAK), have this morning presented an

array of donations to the Ministry of Health. The

donations including the mackintosh covered

hospital mattresses will remain a valuable tool

beyond the immediate need and will be used

long after the pandemic in improving the long-

term capacity of our healthcare system.

Dr. Amit Thakker, the KHF chairman, said: “The

donations will be distributed to both public and

private healthcare facilities at the frontline of

the fight against the pandemic and that will

depend on how much they need.”

He said the private sector is glad to report that

PrideInn had also contributed by way of waiving

the accommodation costs of the 72 individuals

quarantined at the PrideInn Centres.

The donations include consumables such as

N95 face masks, sanitisers, surgical masks,

face shields as well as others that will be useful

for the long term, such as mattresses with

mackintosh covers.

Dr. Kepha Ombacho, the Director of Special

Programmes at the Health ministry, thanked the

private sector for showing solidarity with the

government as it continues to battle the spread

of the virus.

“In spite of the tough business environment on

account of COVID-19 outbreak, the private

sector has found it necessary to join hands with

the government in flattening the curve,” said Dr.

Ombacho at the ceremony at Afya House.

“The donations will go a long way in boosting

our response to this pandemic. The mattresses

will be sent to the quarantine centres in the

border points of Kajiado, Marsabit and Moyale

that have now been identified as emerging

hotspots,” Dr. Ombacho said.

KEPSA CEO Carol Karuga said that the private

sector is working tirelessly to source for funds

and equipment to be distributed to first

responders and frontline healthcare

professionals.

“We are excited that members of the private

sector continue responding to our calls to

assist with visible impact. We will continue to

mobilize private sector leadership and

resources to support health facilities to respond

to the crisis but also to use their reach to

increase awareness about the pandemic,” Ms.

Karuga said.

The donations included: 230 Mackintosh

covered hospital mattresses (Covestro &

BobMill), hand sanitizers (L’Oreal East Africa),

over 1,716 N95 Masks (Young Presidents

Organization), 10 cartons glove and 50 litres of

sanitizer (GoodLife Pharmacy), greenline

masks, face shield, and 3PLY surgical masks

(SKAL Kenya).

The Architectural Association of Kenya handed

over a handbook on proposed guidelines on

planning and design of COVID-19 Quarantine

and Treatment centres, and long term

infrastructural intervention for the Kenya

context while Dimension Data will provide on-

net connectivity and bandwidth for frontline

healthcare facilities.

In March, KEPSA launched “Flowers of Hope”

campaign under its economic framework for

COVID-19 response. Through the campaign that

has ensured that farmworkers do not lose their

jobs, KEPSA has distributed flowers to hospitals

in Kenya and Europe and will be distributing

300 bouquets to nurses to mark the

International Day of the Nurse, KEPSA CEO

Carole Karuga said.

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