The Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund Board has netted greater than Sh2.eight billion from corporates, foundations, spiritual establishments multinationals and Kenyans of excellent will in the direction of supporting the federal government’s struggle on the virus.
In response to Fund chairperson Jane Karuku, about Sh500 million might be disbursed through M-Pesa to Nairobi’s most susceptible communities. The beneficiaries might be residents of Nairobi estates reminiscent of Ngara, Mukuru, Lang’ata and Kibra.
“We’re giving these individuals Sh1,000 per week for the following 4 weeks,” she mentioned throughout an interview with an area station yesterday.
Sh237 million will go in the direction of buying private protecting tools (PPEs) for healthworkers whereas Sh95 million will go to supporting the psychological well being of medics.
“We wish to make sure that all of the 54 Covid-19 designated hospitals within the nation have ample provide of PPEs. Apparently, all of the PPEs now we have purchased are manufactured domestically by Kenyan companies as a result of as a board we imagine within the Purchase Kenya Construct Kenya initiative,” mentioned Ms Karuku.
“We all know it’s powerful for our well being staff…it’s worrying and we wish to assist them cope with the stress as we care for different Kenyans,”she added.
Native producers, she mentioned, have proved their value as reliable suppliers for the much-needed kits.
The PPEs can even be distributed to key well being centres, refugee camps and counties on a necessity foundation.
One other Sh 1.three million has been spent on shopping for face masks which might be being distributed to susceptible communities together with Jua Kali staff and mama mbogas round Nairobi and close by cities.
To make sure there’s transparency within the spending of the funds, the Kenya Breweries boss famous that the board will make public all contributions and expenditure recurrently.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte and EY Kenya are offering pro-bono assurance companies to supervise using funds and guarantee procurement processes are finished correctly.
The Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund was established by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 1, 2020 with the view to mobilise assets to aide within the battle towards the Covid-19 pandemic.
A number of the organisations which have contributed embrace Safaricom (Sh200 million), KCB (Sh150 million), the Nationwide Treasury (Sh150 million), Co-operative Financial institution (Sh100 million), NCBA (Sh100 million) and ABSA Financial institution (Sh50 million).
Others are First Chartered Securities (Sh25 million), Devki Group Sh100 million, UBA Financial institution (Sh15 million), the Kenya Civil Aviation (Sh15 million), BAT Kenya (Sh10.6 million) and plenty of extra.