Kirinyaga County on Saturday received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Equity Bank to boost the management of Covid- 19.
The donation were handed over to the County Secretary, Joe Muriuki at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital by the Equity Holdings Chief Commercial Officer, Polycarp Igathe.
Igathe said Kerugoya County Referral Hospital was among the 68 health facilities selected by the bank for PPE donations that included masks, gloves and gumboots.
While receiving the donations, the County Secretary thanked Equity Bank for the donations and observed that the PPE will go a long way in helping the frontline workers to serve patients better.
“This is a very welcome move and to this end we thank the Equity group for finding it necessary to supplement our resources by donating the PPEs,” Muriuki said
He said the County government is always at hand to receive such kinds of engagement with various stakeholders.
The County Executive Committee Member for Health, Gladys Kimingi thanked the bank for the donations, saying that they have come in handy since unlike before, the county has now started experiencing Covid-19 cases.
Dr. Kimingi said the county is in a great need for the equipment to handle the patients who may turn positive on testing for the Covid 19 Pandemic.
He said that the bank’s mission is to transform lives and livelihoods through education, health, agriculture and entrepreneurship pillars.
“If we partner with the community just like we partnered when we started this bank, we will together survive this pandemic,” Igathe said
He commended the area Governor Anne Waiguru for welcoming the Equity partnership, noting that the gear would enable the health workers deliver their services appropriately.
Igathe said Equity bank has raised Sh.1.1billion to support the fight against Covid-19.
He said that the Kirinyaga donation was part of the items bought with the initial Sh.237million and appealed to the residents to adhere to the laid down guidelines to protect themselves against Covid-19, noting that people have to change the way they live if they have to stay safe.
“The items given today have been manufactured by local factories using the highest quality of material and were verified and quality ascertained by doctors,” he said
The county government has from the onset of the pandemic maintained stringent preventive measures that can be attributed to the absence of many cases in the busy county.
The County government with other stakeholders also took the provision of hand washing facilities as well as food donations to the most vulnerable members of the society.
By Irungu Mwangi