Equity Group Foundation has donated over 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPEs) to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology final year medicine students who are undertaking their clinical classes.
While presenting the donations to JKUAT, Equity Juja, Branch Manager, Ms. Lucy Munyaka said the donations is part of the Foundation’s initiative to distribute PPEs to public hospitals across all 47 counties in Kenya including all final year medical and dental students from the eleven universities offering medical and dental programmes.
“This is part of the Equity Group Foundation’s sustained efforts to protect medics, including medical students from the COVID-19 virus, said Ms. Munyaka.
According to the Branch Manager, the consignment, which included 7200 type IIR surgical masks and 2900 KN59 protective masks, is the first donation to JKUAT and will be a continuous collaborative effort in relation to Covid-19 pandemic.
While receiving the donation, Ag. Principal, College of Health Sciences, Dr. Reuben Thuo, lauded Equity Group Foundation for their support and said the masks will be vital in ensuring the students are protected from the Covid-19 virus.
Dr. Thuo, who is also the Dean, School of Medicine, encouraged other like-minded organisations to support the medical fraternity, who include students in their clinical classes, with PPEs to safeguard them from the effects of the COVID- 19 virus.
Damacline Kwamboka, a fifth-year student undertaking Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, appreciated the donation saying it came at the right time and will be beneficial to the students during their clinical classes.
“The costs of PPEs have continued to escalate and as students, this has become a challenge. I am sure these donations will be critical in reducing our expenses as students and we will be able to interact with patients more comfortably,” said Kwamboka.