M-Pesa Foundation has handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) worth Kshs. 1.5 million to health workers in Machakos County to support the fight against coronavirus. The PPE which will be distributed to various health facilities across the county include 2000 pieces of N95 masks, 3000 gowns and 500 eye protectors.
“Our health workers are critical in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. The disease is spreading fast across the country, which makes it important to ensure preparedness and protect health workers in all counties,” said Michael Joseph, Chairman, M-Pesa Foundation.
Last week, the foundation partnered with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) where it pledged to provide PPE to over 3,000 health workers across seven counties at a cost of Kshs. 20 million.
These counties include: Kwale, Machakos, Nairobi, Kilifi, Migori, Kiambu and Busia. “We are grateful for this support from the M-Pesa Foundation. We believe that this will boost our county’s preparedness to protect our health workers as they work round the clock to save the lives of the Covid-19 patients,” said Dr. Alfred Mutua, Governor, Machakos County.
In the last two months, Safaricom’s other philanthropic arm, Safaricom Foundation, has donated PPE to healthcare workers in Meru, Kajiado, Baringo, Uasin Gishu and Mombasa counties. In addition, residents of Kibera, Mathare, Kawangware and Korogocho have also benefited from the foundation’s water funded projects while several counties have received hand washing soap. In April, Safaricom donated Kshs. 200 million through the Safaricom and M-Pesa Foundations towards providing cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth Kshs. 10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points. Safaricom has so far committed over Kshs. 250 million in various philanthropic initiatives in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.