NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Regional Insurer Jubilee Insurance firm has channeled Sh30 million to the COVID-19 Emergency Response fund kitty, that will be used to cushion Kenyans against the virus effects.
Jubilee Holdings Chairman Nizar Juma in a statement on Wednesday said the contribution followed Uhuru’s plea to co-operate and individuals to support in the fight against the virus that has so far claimed 14 lives in the country.
“We are alive to challenges the country and the world as a whole is grappling with especially on the need to scale up of the much-needed medical equipment and personnel charged with taking care of the persons affected by the virus,” said Juma.
He adds that the fight against the virus is a combined effort where every Kenyan needs to take up the responsibility to combat it.
“ We are concerned about the wellbeing of our families, our staff and our communities and we must all work together towards eradicating this virus from our region as quickly as possible and to protect our economy as much as possible,” reads Juma’s statement.
The insurance firm has also donated 100,000 re-useable masks, 10,000 nasal swabs, 2,500 Virus Test sets to top up to its monies contributions.
It will also be donating beds and other facilities to enable the setting up of 40 of the 160 bed Field Hospital facility recently commissioned by Aga Khan University Hospital.
Being a regional insurance firm, it will also donate to Uganda shillings70.6 million, Tanzania Shillings 32.5 million, Burundi Francs 6.23 million and Mauritian Rupees of 132,000.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the national emergency kitty to cushion Kenyans against the effects of the virus.
According to a statement on Tuesday by chairperson of the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund Jane Karuku, the donations already hit Sh1.29 billion where the kitty has received Sh917.77 million in cash and Sh370.3 million in kind.
The funds in the kitty are from civil servant salary cuts, wealthy Kenyans, local corporates, multinational companies and development partners.