By Dan Nyamanga.
Nyamira Kenya 8 July 2021…...The Equity Group Foundation through the Kenya Covid-19 Fund Board has extended its support of donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for another 18 months, to protect the frontline medical workers.
Speaking in Nyamira, Wednesday during the handover of PPEs, the group’s Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) Dr. James Mwangi said that the PPEs were important to the frontline medical workers since the pandemic is still hitting the country and the world.
“The PPEs are an important measure of infection prevention and control for the frontline medical workers during the ongoing fight against the Covi-19 pandemic”, he said.
The CEO noted that so far, 25 mission hospital affiliated to Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) across the 47 counties have benefited from the group with PPEs.
57 County and nine National referral hospitals have also been distributed with the PPEs in the first 18 months and exercise which he said will continue in another same period.
“In our hope that in three years, we could have overcome and done away with this pandemic, we will continue with the support for the next 18 months”, added Dr. Mwangi.
However, Equity bank, the CEO said, was the most hit by the pandemic as over 32% of their customers had come for support due to the effects the disease has caused in their businesses.
“As we do this, we have also been hit by this pandemic as 32% of all our customers have asked for our support ranging from rescheduling to extending their repayment period. We have to bear with the situation and extended as requested to up to three years, hopeful that scotch could have ended”, concluded Dr. Mwangi
He urged Kenyans to adhere to the laid down protocols on prevention of the novel corona virus by the Ministry of Health (M.O.H) as the surest way to overcome the pandemic.
Statistics indicate that over 5 million Kenyans have lost their job due to the disease.