Safaricom Foundation has handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) worth over Kshs.7 million to healthcare workers in Meru, Kajiado and Baringo in support of the fight against coronavirus in the three counties. Healthcare workers in Meru will receive N95 masks, hazardous materials suits, face shields, surgical gowns and masks as well as hand sanitizers.
“Our health workers are at the front line of the Covid-19 outbreak response and as such are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation. “ That is why we continue to support the counties with PPE which are crucial in protecting the health workers as they go about their important roles,” he added.
In Kajiado County, two hundred health workers will receive face masks, eye protectors, gloves, sanitizers and protective clothing. The PPE will be distributed to Kajiado County Referral Hospital, Ole Kasasi Health Centre, Kitengela Sub-County hospital and Loitoktok Sub-County Hospital. The PPE in Baringo County on the other hand will benefit three hundred health workers in two health centres and an isolation facility. The equipment includes N95 masks, surgical masks and protective clothing.
Since the first case was reported in Kenya, the Safaricom Foundation has initiated various community interventions. The Foundation has donated PPE to Uasin Gishu and Mombasa counties and helped set up sanitation booths in six counties of Nyanza and Western regions. Residents of Kibera, Mathare, Kawangware and Korogocho have also benefited from Safaricom Foundation water funded projects while several counties have also 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.