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Public Hospitals now equipped with PPEs from Kenya COVID-19 Fund

The intervention will ensure that healthcare workers across the country are well equipped to serve in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Dr. James Mwangi, Chair Health Committee Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board (left) and Phyllis Wakiaga, Chair Procurement Committee Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board (second left) officially handover PPEs to Major General Mohamed Badi, Director-General Nairobi Metropolitan Services (2nd right) and Joe Aketch, Board Chair Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital (right). Equity Group and Kenya COVID-19 Fund and Equity Group Foundaiton have completed the delivery of PPEs valued at Ksh 260 Mmillion to public hospitals dealing with COVID-19 patients.PHOTO/Courtesy.

The Kenya Covid-19 Fund Board, in partnership with Equity Group Foundation (EGF) have completed the delivery of the first consignment of locally manufactured PPEs valued at Ksh 260Million to public hospitals for use by healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 patients.

Speaking during the handover of the PPEs at the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Dr James Mwangi, the Chair of the Health Committee of the Kenya COVID-19 Board expressed gratitude to the various hospital liaison committees who have coordinated the receipt of the PPEs in their respective hospitals.

He commended their commitment to ensure the prudent use of the PPEs by Health care workers dealing with COVID-19 Fund patients.

Dr. Mwangi added “We have witnessed the seamless delivery of PPEs around the country, using independent services of Fargo Courier. The distribution system is fully digitized from their central warehouse and has a sophisticated tracking system that ensures last mile receipt by the respective hospital liaison committee in each benefiting hospital. The liaison committees verify the consignment, receive and take responsibility for the proper usage by the health care workers.”

He said that the visits by the COVID-19 Fund Board to the various hospitals in the last month had given them confidence that the local medical supplies value chain was starting to take shape.

“From local manufacturing of PPEs that have met national and international standards, to efficient delivery, we believe that the system gives the COVID-19 Board a transparent mechanism of ensuring proper end to end management of PPE provisions to our healthcare workers,” he said.

Dr.Mwangi also said that the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board through the Health Committee had embarked on the process of procuring the second batch of PPEs worth Ksh. 440Million in order to build a reservoir to sustainably equip frontline medical workers.

Professor Isaac Macharia, the technical lead on the Health Committee of the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board and a renowned ENT specialist said, “the delivery of the first consignment of PPEs has contributed to enhancing the confidence of health care workers to serve in the frontline.”

He appreciated the healthcare workers for their dedication to serve in the frontlines of the pandemic. “From serving in the hospital liaison committees to working with the manufacturers to co-create PPEs that meet quality national and international standards, we believe that our national capacity to manufacture PPEs will continue to be enhanced to meet national needs and export.” said Prof Macharia.

While receiving the consignment, Medical Superintendent at Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital, Dr. Musa Mohammed noted that the PPEs will go a long way in protecting frontline workers that are providing medical support to COVID-19 patients at the hospitals.

The intervention will ensure that healthcare workers across the country are well equipped to serve in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative has been financed by The Kenya COVID- 19 Emergency Response Fund and Equity Group Foundation at a cost of Kshs 85Million.

Kenya Medical Association (KMA) is leading the implementation of the program together with the National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK), Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU), Kenya Psychiatric Association & Clinical Psychologists’ Association of Kenya.

Other Associations that are part of this initiative include the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, Kenya Clinical Officers’ Association (KCOA), Kenya Pharmaceutical Association and other healthcare professional associations.

The distribution of locally produced PPEs is an initiative of the Kenya Covid-19 Board with financial support from Equity Group Foundation (EGF) which announced in May a Kshs 1.1 Billion (USD 11 Million) investment partnership with Mastercard Foundation ( Ksh 500M), Equity Bank (Ksh 300M), and the family of Dr. James Mwangi (Ksh300M) which was committed towards the provision of PPEs for frontline healthcare workers.

The collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the Kenya COVID-19 Fund, and Equity Group Foundation ensure a coordinated effort on the national priorities of combating the pandemic while reaping the benefits of economies of scale to maximize resource allocation and avoid duplication of efforts in the provision of PPEs.

 

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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