By ZUBEIR ATHMAN
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCs) has donated face masks and other protective gear to support frontline health workers in the fight against Coronavirus in Lamu County.
The KRCS Coast Regional Manager Hassan Musa said the protective gears donated included gumboots, gowns and gloves to be worn by doctors and nurses during their daily activities of handling patients.
The organization also distributed several cartons of disinfectants and reproductive kits to help the medics fight Covid-19.
Mr Musa said the items distributed are part of donations received from the United Nations Population Fund of Kenya (UNFPA).
He said apart from the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), the organization was also planning to undertake training of the healthcare workers on how they will be handling Covid-19.
He said the training program is part of an eight-months-long European Union (EU)-funded project where medical staff will be trained on case management, application and even the use of personal protective equipment.
Musa said the trainees will also receive psychological support as they confront the pandemic.
“Today we have donated facemasks, hand washing equipment, sanitizers, gumboots, gowns and gloves to health workers in Lamu to enable them to protect themselves as they handle patients during this period of Covid-19 pandemic.”
“These items are donations from the KRCs in collaboration with UNFPA Kenya. We will continue supporting citizens in the fight against the corona virus.” said the chairman.
He said they were also planning to visit all the 18 prisons across the Coast region to provide sensitization to convicts and prison officers in a move to empower them on how to curb the spread of this deadly virus.
“We believe it’s important for governments and prison administrators to undertake necessary precautions and measures to prevent and contain any spread of the COVID-19 to their prisons.”
“As an organization, we have planned to visit all the prisons in the Coast to provide practical guidance and possible guidance on how to curb Covid-19 from spreading among convicts,” noted Musa.