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World Vision Kenya Donates Medical Items to Support Covid-19 Fight

The Ministry of Health has received medical supplies worth over sh. 50 million from the World Vision Kenya towards the support of Covid-19 fight.
The consignment comprising 11,416 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits among them surgical masks, shoe covers, scrub bottoms, aprons and coveralls will be distributed to various health facilities across the country.
Lilian Dodzo, the National Director for World Vision in Kenya, said the organisation has donated the PPEs to ensure that the frontline health care workers are safe at all times.
“We appreciate the dedication and commitment of our frontline health care workers who are working tirelessly to conduct tests and care for people infected with Covid-19, we want them to be safe,” said Dodzo.
She said the organisation has also commenced the distribution of PPEs, medical supplies and hygiene items in a bid to strengthen the capacity of rural hospitals in various counties to fight the pandemic.
“The organisation has dispatched PPE items, including water, sanitation and hygiene supplies valued at sh. 52 million in several counties,” said Dodzo.
The National Director at the same time announced that World Vision is also cushioning children and families from the adverse impact s of coronavirus through the provision of cash transfers to enable affected households to buy food and other basic necessities.
“We are also keen on working with the government and other key stakeholders to advocate and protect children from abuse or violations of their rights during the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated Dodzo.
She added, “Learning from our experience while responding to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa, we are mostly concerned about the secondary impacts to Covid-19 on children, which could result in unprecedented levels of school dropouts, malnutrition, child marriages, female genital mutilation, child labour and mental challenges in children”.
The National Director urged Kenyans to adhere to Covid-19 prevention guidelines recommended by the government such as frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing of face masks while in public.
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
By Bernadette Khaduli

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