U.S. donates sh.7.9 million worth of PPE kits to Kenyan hospitals

U.S. Ambassador Kyle McCarter delivers personal protective and hospital equipment to Dr. Evanson Kamuri, CEO KNH, Mrs. Judy Mugambi, Director Nursing Services KNH, and Prof. Fredrick Otieno, University of Nairobi Dean School of Medicine at Kenyatta National Hospital./COURTESY

The United States of America on Thursday said it was donating personal protective and hospital equipment valued at 7.9 Million shillings to five hospitals across Kenya, to boost the ongoing mitigation measures against the deadly Coronavirus.

The hospitals in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Siaya, and Nakuru will each receive N95 masks, surgical masks, coveralls, medical goggles, face shields, and pulse oximeters, that are critical to patient care and protection of front-line health care workers, the US embassy in Nairobi, said in a statement.

The hospitals are Coast Provincial General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu,Nakuru County Referral Hospital and Bondo Sub-County Referral Hospital in Siaya.

The embassy said the equipment donated through funding by the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) identified the five hospitals for being at the forefront of diagnosing and caring for patients afflicted with the Coronavirus since it started in Kenya early this year.

“This sh.7.9 million donation of critically needed protective equipment is in addition to over sh.5 billion in support from the United States in the last three months alone directly for Kenya’s response to and recovery from COVID-19, Kyle McCarter, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, said at the hand-over ceremony in Nairobi.

“We are proud to help build the health care capacity of counties and to support Kenya’s health care workers on the front lines of the battle against this virus.”

Kenya continues to battle the virus with numbers of positive cases increasing by the day, even as citizens expect that ongoing lockdown measures will be lifted next week.