The M-Pesa Foundation and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) have distributed personal protective equipment (PPEs) worth Ksh4.5 million to health workers in Kilifi and Kwale counties.
In Kilifi County, medics received Ksh3 million worth of PPEs, which included 1,000 N95 masks, 3,000 gowns and 500 googles. PPEs worth Ksh1.5 million, including 2,000 gowns, 1,000 N95 masks and 500 goggles, went to Kwale County.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, 29th July, M-Pesa Foundation executive director Les Baillie commended the work healthcare workers are doing to fight Covid-19.
“Being in the frontline, they are at risk of contracting the disease and that is why, as M-Pesa Foundation, we have partnered with KMPDU to ensure that they are protected sufficiently as they do their work,” he said.
The Ksh20 million funding by the foundation will see health workers in seven counties receive PPEs. So far, it has donated PPEs to Nairobi and Machakos counties with distribution expected in Busia, Migori and Kiambu counties.
In the last two months, Safaricom’s other philanthropic arm, the Safaricom Foundation, has also donated PPEs to health workers in Meru, Kajiado, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Narok, Nakuru and Mombasa counties.