By Brighton Makori .
As one way of boosting the county governments in the fight against Covid 19, Equity Group Foundation has donated Personal Protective Equipment ( PPES) to the Kisii county government.
The Foundation’s Chief Commercial Officer, Polycarp Igathe said the Foundation funded National Committee on Covid 19 to buy equipment Worth Ksh. 237 million to help fight the pandemic.
Igathe, who handed over a consignment to Governor James Ongwae at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital ( KTRH) on behalf of Group Chief Executive Office, James Mwangi, said the Foundation was channeling the equipment to front line health workers across the country’s public hospitals.
The equipment included disposable gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, nitrile gloves, head, hair and shoe covers and gum boots.
The officer, accompanied by Kisii Branch Equity Branch manager, Robinson Mirieri lauded the County government for setting Up a 250- bed Covid 19 Isolation centre and 60-bed Intensive Care Unit ( ICU) to treat victims of the disease.
“ The County has a Centre of excellence in response to Covid 19. Equity bank and partners will procure Personal Protective Equipment worth ksh. 1.1 billion to fight the pandemic” Igathe said.
He said the equipment were manufactured locally and urged Kenyans to embrace the government’s directives to curb the spread of the scourge.
In his part Governor Ongwae, said the county has 7 Covid 19 patients and one is in Intensive care Unit adding that the county has prepared for isolation of more beds in isolation center.
The county boss added that 13 people who were in contact with them had been traced and 1000 people tested of Covid 19, adding the county has quarantine facilities with 500 beds and has 11 centres at entry points to the county to test temperatures of passengers.
“ Two million passengers have been tested at the entry points. Some had high temperatures due to malaria and other diseases” noted Ongwae.
He said the county is prepared to fight the scourge and appealed to residents to adhere to the directives to curb the increasing cases of the disease.
” As we are putting more effort in equipping our facilities i urge all residents to adhere to Government directives” said Ongwae