Kericho County Partners With Unilever To Provide Dedicated Medical Care For Its Health Workers And Their Families During The COVID 19 Period
Since the Coronavirus hit Kenya in March 2020, the country has been alarmed and aggrieved by the Ministry of Health statistics on positive cases, admissions, deaths and recoveries. Kenya has lost some of its top specialists among the tens of health workers who have succumbed to COVID-19 having contracted it while on duty trying to save fellow Kenyans from the ravaging virus. Citing these deaths caused by the inadequate or poor quality personal protective equipment in most health facilities and the lack of medical cover against COVID-19, the health workers’ associations have severally led its members into strikes, accusing both the national and county governments of displaying a total lack of regard for the welfare of their members who are at the frontline of fighting COVID-19 with a high of risk contracting it.
Wanting to give its health workers high-quality medical care in a dignified environment, the County Government of Kericho approached Unilever to have its Kericho Tea Estate Health facility treat County health workers and their families for COVID-19 as a form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The County does COVID-19 testing at its state-of-the-art KEMRI/Walter Reed Clinical Research Center and refers positive cases to Unilever for admission and/or treatment. This arrangement ensures that the County’s health workers and their families are given better care for free while being afforded privacy. The facility has 73 beds and 17 COVID-19 beds. It also has a mini-ICU ward with a ventilator and oxygen.
Let us give our health workers all the support they need to safely do their jobs and stay alive to continue saving lives now and in future pandemics.