Kilifi Referral hospital is set to improve healthcare for its staff and patients after receiving Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) supplies worth over Sh2.5 million from Agha Khan Development Network.
The donation which was received on Thursday by Kilifi County Executive Member for Health Mr. Peter Mwarogo included surgical masks, examination gloves, sanitizers, and disposal bags. The items are part of efforts to strengthen responses to health challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the media shortly after receiving the consignment Mwarogo said the donation has come at the right time when the health sector is recovering from the spread of Covid-19 stating that it will greatly help control infections of such diseases.
“There are a lot of activities going on in the hospital. We need protective items, we have used things that need to be carefully disposed of, we need to wash and sanitize, so this will greatly help to curb infections,” he said.
He added that the items received will help to maintain hygiene and meet the health standards needed as well as ensure they conserve the environment according to the standards set by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
Head of Outreach Center Agha Khan Hospital Mombasa cluster Dr. Sultana Sherman said the medical supply program is an ongoing charity initiative in Kilifi, Mombasa, and Kwale Counties and that they are planning to deliver other medical items soon.
Apart from the medical supplies, Sherman revealed that they are at an advanced stage to install teleconferencing equipment to support eLearning and ease communication between officers and their health workers in their respective stations of work across the county.
“We are soon going to finalize connecting the boardroom here with digital equipment to make you communicate with all the clinics and sub-county hospitals within Kilifi. This is exciting because it will improve learning for healthcare workers,” she said.
By Jackson Msanzu