As Coronavirus infections continues to grow , health worker being at risk , more so in Kenya when the ministry of health reported that 600 health workers in Kenya have been affected by the pandemic, while some have died and 10,000 in Africa as per the World Health Organization , Now Kisii county has received a donation in aid to protect frontline health workers from Covid-19 while fighting the pandemic
Kisii county has received a donation of sh 2.5 Million from Diamond Trust Bank for a digital application which will be used to to trace contact, monitor Covid-19 patients under home-based care isolation program, collect samples and report cases.
The application will benefit more than 3000 health workers across the county through an app installed on their phones which will support them in screening ,sample collection, monitor patients on home-based care and self-isolation and trace contacts while limiting physical interaction with them.
Technical support in operationalization and management of the Digital solutions software will be provided by Collabmed Solutions Limited, an entity with expertise in digital technology.
The project will be implemented by the Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu and will run for a period of three months, August to October, and hosted at Aga Khan Medical Centre Kisii .
Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu Chief Executive Officer Jane Wanyama congratulated Diamond trust Bank , Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), for the donation adding that they are looking forward to work with Kisii county in the digital solutions to protect frontline health workers from Covid-19 while fighting the pandemic
“ we could like to set measures so that we protect health workers since without them we will have a big effect in the whole sector,”
According to her the scale of coordination and data management required for effective implementation of these strategies has relied on adopting digital technology and integrating it into policy and health care.
Diamond Bank Kisii branch manager Mr Joel Wasonga said they believe the initiative will strengthen other efforts already put in place and aimed towards combating Covid-19.
He added that apart from banking business , the bank has been supportive to the community noting that when Kenya recorded its first positive case of Covid-19 in March , they took a decision to support the country by giving out 100 million towards initiatives aimed at cushioning vulnerable Kenyans against the effects of the pandemic.
In her part Kisii County health executive Ms Sarah Omache who represented Kisii county government thanked the Aga Khan Foundation and all its sister companies for their continued support to Kisii residents especially in the health sector.