Equity Group Ltd has donated a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Kwale County to support the devolved unit’s Covid-19 response.
The donations were handed over by Equity Group Ltd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr James Mwangi to area Governor Salim Mvurya during a brief ceremony held at the Msambweni referral hospital.
The main objective of the PPEs that include surgical masks and gowns, face shields and goggles is to protect local healthcare workers in their line of duty during the Covid-19 period.
Governor Mvurya, who is also the co-chair of the county emergency response committee said the PPEs will play a key role in ensuring the safety of the healthcare workers who are the frontline soldiers in the fight against the disease.
“The donation of personal protective equipment will go a long way in keeping our healthcare workers and patients safe,” said Mvurya.
The county boss said Equity Group Ltd has been a reliable partner in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted economic activities. He said working in partnership with Equity bank has contributed immensely to the development of the coastal county.
“It has complimented our Elimu Ni Sasa initiative that has seen more than 5000 students in national school and more than 3000 students in universities pursue their dreams,” said Mvurya. He went on, “I want to acknowledge the efforts of the CEO Dr James Mwangi and the Entire Equity Bank Foundation for this noble gesture.”
Governor Mvurya said his administration will continue to create an enabling environment for growth and cement partnership with investors for the prosperity of his county.
Mvurya said that the Equity wings to fly sponsorship programme has benefitted many secondary and university students in Kwale.
On his part Dr Mwangi said that Equity Group was determined to help the devolved units combat the contagion by mobilizing resources.
Mwangi said so far Equity has supported more than 17,000 students in Kwale who have pursued their education both in high school and universities.
Mwangi said Equity group has also created employment opportunities for youths in Kwale. “As Equity soon we will be opening bank branches in Kinango, Mariakani and Likoni with the aim of creating employment opportunities for Kwale people who have specialized in the banking sector,” he noted.
He said out of the 17,000 students supported through the wings to fly programme more than 1000 students have pursued health courses. “In realizing their potential, the Equity group is planning to open hospitals across the country as an opportunity to support their chosen profession,” he said.
By Hussein Abdullahi