Safaricom Foundation sets aside Sh36 million to help in the fight against Covid-19

By Ndungu Gachane

Safaricom Foundation officials donate PPes to Muranga Level Five Hospital.

Safaricom Foundation has donated Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) worth Sh 1.5 million to Muranga Level Five Hospital.

Safaricom’s Peter Njioka said they intend to crisscross to 24 Counties to donate the PPes in bid to help the Counties in the fight against Covid-19.

He said the Safaricom intends to use Sh36000000 to buy the PPEs which includes masks, gowns and gloves to the 24 counties.

He said the Foundation is helping the devolved units to fight the unforeseen enemy to ensure that preventive measures are put in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

“We are committed in arming devolved units to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, our health practitioners must be protected so that they don’t contract the disease in their line of duty,” Mr Njioka said.

The donations have been lobbied by the National Assembly Health Chairperson Wanjiru Chege who thanked the Safaricom Foundation for donating quality PPes to Muranga hospitals which include Muranga Level Five Hospital, Catholic based Don Bosco Hospital in Makuyu and Ndunyu Chege Health Center in Gatanga.

“Its a major boost to our hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” she said.

Ms Chege urged the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) to name and shame companies making low quality PPes to create awareness to Kenyans.

Ms Chege announced that her committee has summoned Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) on Thursday this week to grill them on allegations of Covid-19 fund misappropriations.

She urged Kenyans not to lose hope in the fight against corruption saying anyone found to have squandered funds meant to fight the pandemic will be brought to book.

“We have summoned Kemsa officials led by chairman Kembi Gitura on Thursday to shed more light on the allegations facing the institution,” she added.

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