The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 20 new modern ventilators to Kiambu County to assist in its fight against COVID-19.
This is part of the United States’ promised donation of 200 ventilators throughout Kenya. The 20 ventilators shall be distributed directly to Kiambu County hospitals in need of the lifesaving equipment.
Kijabe mission hospital in Lari Sub-County shall receive seven ventilators, Thika Level Five shall receive four ventilators and Tigoni Covid-19 center shall receive nine ventilators.
Local medical personnel has received the necessary training in operating the equipment and on critical care patient management.
This ventilator support is in addition to the KSh 6 billion already committed to support Kenya’s COVID-19 response through equipment, testing, training, and research, as well as supporting health, water and sanitation, education, employment and food security needs to help Kenya recover from the economic and other impacts of the virus.
In his final remarks, Dr. Patrick Nyagah who was the USAID representative said that;
USAID continues to work closely with Kenya to curb the spread of COVID-19, maintain essential public health services, and help Kenyans cope with the secondary impacts of this pandemic,” said USAID Mission Director Mark Meassick.
The donation shall supply much-needed aid to hospitals throughout the country to help persons struggling with COVID-19.
Present during the hand over ceremony was Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro accompanied by his deputy Dr. Joyce Ngugi, the Speaker of the County Assembly of Kiambu. Hon. Stephen Ndichu, the CECM for Health Services Dr. Joseph Murega, the Chief officer in charge of Health Services.