NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2–Telecommunication service provider Airtel has donated Personal Protective Equipment worth Sh30 million to support health workers at the frontline in fighting coronavirus in the country.
Airtel Managing Director P D Sarma in a statement said that this is a period where the private sector should join hands to support the government in fighting the virus which has affected normal business operations in the country.
“The private sector needs to continue to mobilize more resources, alongside National Governments, to fight the pandemic. We are also proud that all the equipment we are contributing today has been manufactured,” said Sarma.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the PPE manufactured in Kenya was of good quality and was approved for use by the Ministry of health.
“ We are proud to note that the PPE presented to us today is of high quality, and is approved by the Ministry of Health and manufactured by one of the seven companies doing this in Kenya, using local labor and resources, thereby protecting the frontline health workers while creating jobs to cushion Kenyans against the slowdown in economic activities caused by the effects of COVID-19,” said Kagwe.
The CS urged Kenyans to continue following the key hygiene measures and social distancing, to help flatten the curve of the pandemic and reduce the pressure on the medical facilities and health workers.
As at yesterday, Kenya had registered 15 new coronavirus cases in bringing the country’s tally of confirmed cases to 411.
The death toll also rose to 21 after 4 more people were reported dead on May 1.
In Nairobi, Kawangware has the highest number of cases followed by Eastleigh with 11while in Mombasa, Mvita is a hot spot with 36 cases.
CS Kagwe warned that more stringent measures will be effected especially in Mombasa since majority of the latest cases are from there.