The Kenya Covid-19 Fund Board has partnered with Equity Group Foundation (EGF) have embarked on the distribution of locally manufactured PPEs to public hospitals for use by healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 patients.
The Ministry of Health has so far identified 68 public hospitals that will receive Personal Protective Equipment for up to 18 months. Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi Hospital Infectious Diseases Unit received locally manufactured PPEs valued at Kshs 3.1Million. In the consignment was disposable gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, nitrile gloves, head/hair covers, shoe covers, and gumboots.
Speaking during the handover of the PPEs, Chairperson of the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board Jane Karuku, gave an assurance that the funds received at the Board were being well utilized through a governance structure that includes independent auditors. She expressed confidence in the board members skills, expertise and commitment to ensure that the mandate of the Board is well executed with transparency and efficiency.
Dr. James Mwangi, who Chairs the Health Committee of the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board said “We are very delighted to witness the last mile delivery of the PPEs to the public hospitals for use by our health care workers. We can now say with fulfilment that the medical supplies value chain is taking shape. In just a few months, we have seen local manufacturers rise up to produce PPEs, many of them for the first time. They have quickly adapted their capabilities through capacity building and strong commitment. About six manufacturers have already attained national and international quality standards for the medical grade PPEs proving that local solutions exist even for global problems. As a nation, we have what it takes to fight this pandemic.”
Dr. Mwangi added that the COVID-19 Fund Board through the Health Committee has embarked on the process of procuring the second batch of PPEs worth Ksh 400Million in a bid to build a reservoir of PPEs to sustainably equip the frontline medical workers.
Professor Isaac Macharia, the technical lead on the Health Committee of the COVID-19 Fund Board, and a renowned ENT specialist said, “As the medical fraternity, we are very pleased that the COVID-19 Fund Board, in partnership with EGF and KAM opted to equip local manufacturers to produce the PPEs for use by our frontline health care workers. This initiative has given the medical fraternity, through the Health committee of the COVID-19 Fund Board the opportunity to work closely with the local manufacturers in improving the quality of the PPEs”.