By Brighton Makori .
Kisii Kenya 08July 2021…….As one away to curb the surge of fourth wave of Covid -19 in the country ,Equity Bank has promised to continue donating personal protective equipment (PPEs ) to health care workers.
While handing over the equipment at Chistamarrianne Mission Hospital Kisii county to the facility and to Tabaka mission , Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi said this is the fourth time the bank is coming on board to facilitate the protection of healthcare workers in public health facilities and Private mission hospitals .
Mr Mwangi noted the bank has donated a combination of all PPEs required to facilitate protection of the healthcare workers which includes surgical masks, face masks among others.
The CEO observed that the bank has been working closely and cordially with the national and county governments in several sectors especially in the health sector adding that they have extended the capacity to support the hospitals for the next one and half years.
“we have extended our support for the next one and half years,believing that between this period we will record zero positive cases hence we will be free From the pandemic” CEO told the stakeholders
Mr Mwangi noted that they have supported 57 referral county hospitals, 9 national referral hospitals and 60 mission hospitals across the country.
“We ensure we supply the high quality of personal protective gears” he said expressimg the importance of taking care of healthcare workers who are the frontline soldiers in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
He also said that the pandemic as affected the banking sector .
At the same time he urged the residents to ensure they observe health protocols laid down by the Ministry of Health not only for their own protection but also to ease the burden being borne by the healthcare workers.
“Its personal responsibility to observe guidelines of ministry of health to stem the virus, “he said.
Kisii CEC Health Sarah Omache who represented Kisii county governor James Ongwae appreciated the Equity Bank for the donations adding that the county’s refferal Hospital was the first to receive the equipments in three phases .
The CEC noted that Kisii County has recorded 2,267 positive cases of Covid-19 while 100 people have died,challenging the public to observe ministry of health guidelines in order to stem spike cases of Covid -19.
The CEC added that the mission hospitals has done a lot in health sector remembering that when the county health workers go on strike it’s only mision hospitals which operate to render services to the people
About the vaccine she said that the vaccination is on but only they concentrate to those who got the first patch as they are waiting for the other dozens and once they receive they wiill announce when residents will start receiving .
Addressing the media after receiving the PPEs Christamarine mission hospital administrator Sister Beatrice appreciated the donation by hailing the Equity foundation by confirming and assuring that PPEs will be used as intended.
Sister Beatrice also affirmed that as missions hospitals they are devoted to ensure they provide quality health services to the people more so do during this Covid 19 period .
“Let us take protocols serious so that we can prevent this disease” she said as she hailed the foundation for the good donations to the county more so to private hospitals.
Kisii and Nyamira are among the hotspot counties of spike of Covid-19 and in order to contain the spread of the virus ,the curfew time was revised starting 7 pm to 4 am until the end of this month .