NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17- NCBA has contributed Sh100 million to be used in the fight against coronavirus in Kenya.
The Group’s Managing Director John Gachora in a statement on Thursday announced that the funds will be directed towards the COVID kitty which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta to collect monies to cushion Kenyans against the virus effects.
“The contribution will go towards humanitarian support for the vulnerable members of the Kenyan society,” Gachora said.
The bank is also working with SME’s to produce food and face masks, which will also be channeled as a contribution towards the COVID 19 emergency kitty.
“We are working closely with small and micro enterprises especially its customers who are involved in production of masks and food which will be distributed for partnership with the Emergency Response fund,” he added.
The announcement comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that the kitty had collected funds worth Sh1billion.
The President lauded well-wishers and corporate firms who are donating and warned encumbered by bureaucracy.
“ I do not want to hear of needless delays or frustrations caused of well-designed, appropriate measures that Kenyans in the civil and private sector have designed to assist their fellow citizens we must expedite our ability to deliver this assistance to our people in the shortest possible time,” the President said during his address to the nation on Wednesday on the status of coronavirus in the country.
As at yesterday, coronavirus infections in Kenya stand at 234 after nine more patients tested positive for COVID-19 in the country and has claimed 11 deaths.