Equity Bank Group donates PPE kits
Lodwar, 20th July 2020- By Governor’s Press Service
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro received personal protective equipment (PPE) donated by the Equity Bank Group and urged the Bank to fully support Government effort to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection.
The donation was handed over by Equity Group Foundation Marketing Director David Nyamu.
Speaking during a briefing in his office, the DG said that UNHCR is in the process of securing RT-PCR (Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction) machine for analysis and production of test results of Covid-19 among refugees and host communities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps, adding that this will curb travel costs for medical personnel taking samples to Eldoret and back to Lodwar. It will also reduce the time taken to get test results.
The CEC for Health Jane Ajele reiterated the need to have more N95 masks for medical personnel handling positive cases in the county, “We need more N95 masks for those handling these cases because the virus is now mutating with new varied symptoms such diarhoea, back pain,” she said.
She called on the Equity Bank Group team who visited the Deputy Governor in his office, to help fill the gap in equipping all Covid-19 quarantine sites in the county to contain the disease.
The Director of Medical Services, Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel affirmed that the RT-PCR Machine if acquired by UNHCR in Kakuma will also be useful in future after Covid-19 to analyse and produce test results for infections such as Tuberculosis.
Mr. Nyamu said the Equity was in the process of establishing and equipping 300 clinics across the country to benefit graduates from medical school who have not secured jobs; through the Equity Afya Programme. The programme targets those sponsored through the Fly Wings initiative and includes beneficiaries from Turkana County. Mr Nyamu revealed that 32 of the clinics are now operational.
DG Lotethiro asked the Bank to open branches in major urban centres in the county including Lokichar and Lokitaung in addition to two planned for Kalobeyei and Kakuma. He said this will improve access to banking services as well as access to capital for investment.
The meeting was attended by the County Chief Officer of Health, Dr.Roberts Abok, Director of Medical Supplies, Dr.Epem Joseph, Liaison Committee Member, Dr. Job Okemwa, Director Resource Mobilization Mr Charles Ekai, Deputy CEO of LCRH, Dr.Bonaventure Amiyo, Dr.Kevin Lomuria among other county staff and officials of Equity Bank.