By Sofia Ali

Kenyatta National hospital has today received the first batch of personal protective equipment’s (PPE’s) from the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board.

The consignment of PPEs comprising of Goggles, face shields, surgical gowns, nitrile gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, head covers, gumboots, medical scrubs and shoe covers worth Kshs 237,218,300.00 to be distributed to public hospitals.

The Kenya COVID-19 Fund Together with Equity Group Foundation and the Ministry of Health today distributed the First Supply of Locally Manufactured PPE’s to Public Hospitals Dealing with COVID-19

Speaking during the handover of the PPE’s, Equity Group MD and CEO and Chair Health Committee Kenya Covid -19 Fund Dr. James Mwangi said the Board through its Health and Procurement Committees is coordinating the sourcing, quality assurance and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for frontline health care workers at designated COVID-19 management hospitals

This comes just a few days after the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board flagged off the first consignment of locally manufactured PPEs to public hospitals in Kenya.

Mrs. Jane Karuku, the Chairperson of the COVID-19 Fund Board said that the board in collaboration with KAM and EGF had identified an opportunity for local manufacturers to create a regional logistics supply chain for PPEs which could serve Kenya and its neighbors with a consistent supply of high quality medical products. “With the global supply chain at risk due to the crisis, there is impetus to leverage and develop local manufacturing capacity for PPE production by considering all aspects of the supply chains, in order to meet both immediate needs of the crisis, as well as long-term demand in the foreseeable future,” she stated.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony Dr, Mwangi, who Chairs the Health Committee of the COVID-19 Fund Board said, “Today we witness the benefit of working together in synergy to protect our health care workers. By coming together to provide PPEs this initiative has allowed for economies of scale, proper identification of the national priorities for PPEs and guarantees efficient and effective coordination while eliminating duplication of efforts in the provision of PPEs for public health care workers in the country.”

The first consignment valued at Kshs. 237, 218,300 includes 100,250 disposable gowns, 550,000 surgical masks, 54,000 N95 respirator masks, 5,400 protective goggles, 1,000,000 nitrile gloves, 5,400 face shields, 54,000 head/hair covers, 45,000 disposable medical scrubs, 45,000 shoe covers, and 1000 gumboots.

The Health Committee has created facility-based liaison committees in each of the 68 (number of participating facilities increased in the latest list from MoH participating public hospitals across all counties to coordinate the receipt of and ensure the rational use of PPEs as guided by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health protocols, and reporting back on a regular basis to the Health Technical Working Group. The facility-based committees are comprised of seven persons: a medical doctor who is a member of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) and/or Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), the Kenya Clinical Officers’ Association (KCOA), National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK), Hospitals Stores-in-Charge, Hospital Administrations Representatives, Equity Group Foundation Representative. At least one of these members will be a youth and gender balance observed. 

The distribution of locally produced PPEs comes four weeks after EGF announced a Ksh 1.1 Billion (USD $11 Million) investment in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, Equity Bank and the family of Dr. James Mwangi towards the provision of PPEs. The investment was committed to the the Kenya COVID-19 Fund creating an effective and efficient collaboration between the Ministry of Health, The Kenya COVID-19 Fund and Equity Group Foundation for execution

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