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Boost as UNFPA donates Sh44 million, PPEs to high-risk counties

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• Nairobi, Kitui, Mombasa, Kwale, Migori, Lamu, Kisumu and Busia are among the counties to benefit from the donation.

• Others are Kilifi, Narok, Homa Bay,  Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera and Wajir.

UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Olajide Ademola, Kenya Red Cross Deputy Secretary General Anette Msabeni and Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman during the donation of PPEs by Red Cross and UNFPA at Afya House on 29th June 2020
UNFPA  Country Representative, Dr. Olajide Ademola, Kenya Red Cross Deputy Secretary General Anette Msabeni and Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman during the donation of PPEs by Red Cross and UNFPA at Afya House on 29th June 2020
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

The United Nations Population Fund- UNFPA has donated Sh44 million to help government efforts in fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

Country representative  Dr. Olajide Ademola on Monday said Sh24 million will be disbursed to 15 counties marked as high-risk to the current pandemic.

Another Sh20 million will be used to ensure health workers in the said counties are well equipped as front-liners in the fight.

 

Ademola said anther donation of assorted Personal Protective Equipment-PPEs worth $223,000 had also been made.

"This donation is made with regards to the evidence driven leadership by both President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Health Ministry in combating this disease," Ademola said.

He said the organisation is however concerned with increasing cases of teenage pregnancy and gender based violence during the period.

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman said the PPEs will enhance care worker safety in the affected counties.

Nairobi, Kitui, Mombasa, Kwale, Migori, Lamu, Kisumu and Busia are among the counties to benefit from the donation.

Others are Kilifi, Narok, Homa Bay,  Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera and Wajir.

Kenya on Monday recorded 120 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country's total confirmed cases to 6,190.

The new cases emerged from 2,221 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours,  Aman said.    

From the new cases, the youngest is six years old while the oldest is 83 years.     

Another 42 patients were discharged.

However, one more patient has succumbed, raising fatalities to 144.

Out of the 41 counties with Covid-19 cases, Nairobi continues to lead, followed by Mombasa, Busia then Kiambu.