Safaricom Foundation, in partnership with a non-governmental organization (NGO), SPEAK and Uasin Gishu County, has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) worth Kshs. 1 million as part of its efforts to support the Covid-19 outbreak response in the county. The equipment which include laboratory coats, hand sanitizers, eye protectors, medical masks and gloves will be distributed to seven health facilities in Uasin Gishu including the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
“It is imperative that we guarantee the safety of our healthcare workers by ensuring that they are adequately resourced through the provision of PPE so that they can continue to tackle this pandemic from the frontline,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation. Through the partnership, hand sanitizers will also be distributed to two markets and six bus stops in the county.
“We are grateful to Safaricom Foundation for the items they have donated. The PPE have come in at the right time to enhance the work of the frontline workers and the hand sanitizers in public places will help promote good hygiene which as you know is crucial in supporting the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus”, said Daniel Chemno, Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor.
Safaricom has 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.