KNA Busia County government has received Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) from Equity Bank MD & CEO Dr. James Mwangi at Alupe Isolation and Treatment Centre in Teso South Sub County.
The equipment consisting of disposable gowns, surgical masks, KN-95 respiratory masks, nitrile gloves, head/shoe covers and gumboots will be used by healthcare workers dealing with Coronavirus patients at the Alupe Treatment and Isolation Centre.
Speaking at the facility Saturday, Dr. Mwangi took the opportunity to appreciate the county government for the manner they have handled covid-19 cases and more so how they have effectively utilized the equipment donated to the county for the past of 18 months.
“We are impressed with our partnership with Busia County. I am proud of how you have been able to utilize few available resources in the midst of the pandemic,” said Dr. Mwangi.
Dr. Mwangi pledged the support of Equity Bank to Busia County and the country at large for another 18 months noting that the country is still experiencing a third wave of the disease.
“Equity Foundation supports 47 County Referral Hospitals, 9 Mission Hospitals and refugee hospitals. We however remain committed in protecting frontline workers with PPEs and socio-physical support through mental wellness programmes,” He added.
The bank has identified Nangina Mission Hospitals in Busia County to be among 60 Mission hospitals countrywide to be supported to operate as Covid 19 isolation centres. This will boost the fight against covid 19 in the country.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who received the donation thanked the CEO and the fund board for the donation which he said would bolster efforts by the County Government to combat Covid-19.
Ojaamong urged Busia residents to be extra careful and observe covid 19 guidelines and containment measures laid down by the President through the Ministry of Health.
“Prevention is better than cure. It’s your personal initiative to prevent the spread by observing the simple rules from the government. Let us create the first line of defence,” said Ojaamong.
Busia County has been able to test 139, 000 covid-19 cases from which 4,078 turned up positive. The victims were treated in the available healthcare facilities which include Busia Referral Hospital, Alupe Sub- County Referral Hospital and KEMRI Centre. The county however had 23 patients who lost their lives.
So far, 100, 00 people have received the first dose of vaccine, 4000 have received the second booster dose and the county is expecting additional supply from the Ministry of Health next week.
The deputy governor Moses Mulomi noted that Busia County remains a red zone for the fact that it is at the border stop. “Every day over 1, 500 trucks pass through the county posing a big challenge in terms of testing the drivers who must obtain certificates to access our neighbouring country Uganda,” said Mulomi.
The DG added that the county is experiencing the challenge of supplying enough oxygen to all healthcare facilities within the county.
He lauded the efforts by county health facilities and KEMRI as they have made it possible for the county to test more than 1, 000 cases a day.
“Alupe has 20 covid-19 patients admitted who are on oxygen though they are responding positively,” said Dr. Nelson Kilimo in charge of Alupe Sub- County Referral Hospital.
Dr. Mwangi affirmed his support to the county of Busia in other aspects like education where 1, 200 scholarships have been allocated to the county and 100, 000 seedlings that were planted in efforts to improve forest cover.
“Healthy life needs a healthy environment. That is why Equity bank is targeting to plant 35 million trees in 5 years,” said Dr. Mwangi in his closing remarks.