Safaricom Foundation has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth Sh1.5 million to Kericho County government to aid in the fight against coronavirus.
Speaking while receiving the donation today at the Kericho County offices, Governor Paul Chepkwony said since the first case was reported in the region some 2,900 people have been tested with 231 patients testing positive for Covid-19.
He said some 115 cases, out of which 33 are from outside the county have so far recovered from the coronavirus.
“We are grateful for this support from the Safaricom Foundation and believe that it will boost our county’s preparedness to protect our medics as they work around the clock to save the lives of Covid-19 patients,” Governor Chepkwony said.
He urged area residents to continue observing the health care guidelines given by the Ministry of Health to combat the virus.
The consignment comprised of 1,000 pieces of N95 masks and 400 pieces of disposable protective overalls. The PPE’s will be distributed to various health facilities across the county.
Mr. Erastus Rotich who represented the Foundation said since the first case was reported in the country on March 13th, Safaricom Foundation has been at the forefront in the fight against the pandemic through donation of PPEs to various counties around the country.
He said through various philanthropic initiatives Safaricom has so far spent over Sh250 million via its Safaricom and Mpesa Foundation to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable citizens.
He added that the mobile company had sourced and donated thermal cameras worth Sh 10 million to the Ministry of Health.
Others present during the occasion included Kericho deputy Governor Susan Kikwai and CEC Health Dr. Shadrack Mutai.
By Dominic Cheres/ Brian Kibet