By Kahonzi Kaliwa
Aga Khan Development Network Mombasa (AKDN ) intends to distribute PPEs and e-learning equipment worth Ksh 12 in coastal counties .
The program aim is strengthen responses to the health, social and economic challenges since covid -19 cases have risen in most counties lately. The organization has already handed over 8,500 PPEs and e-learning equipments to Kwale county government.
Mr syed Sohail, the CEO of the AKDN Mombasa cluster and Aga Khan health Services Kenya says the two-year project funded by European Union aims to support nine county hospitals in coast region.
He said over 650 health workers would benefit from the program in serving 140,000 people.
The CEO added that spread of the pandemic in the recent months across the country has weakened existing health systems in the counties.
“If covid -19 is not checked it’s long -term social and economic effects on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in keny could be devastating ,” Mr Sohail said.
Mr. Sohail said the multi- country grant EUR 9.3 million would benefit four countries in eastern Africa including Kenya ,Mozambique ,Tanzania and Uganda.
Mr Sohail challenged county leaderships to consider harnessing ICT to improve health services in public hospitals.
ICT manager at Aga Khan hospital Mombasa James Ojwang said the technology will easen communication among health workers in different counties.
He added that Aga Khan Development Network in partnership with other partners have come up mobile app “ corona check “ for self assessment on covid-19.
Mr Ojwang said: “This app can be downloaded by anybody with a smart phone ,and when you are suspicious of contacting covid virus this application will assist you answer a number of questions and give your results.
“If positive, you will be guided to see a doctor.”
He sought accountability on the part of the beneficiary institutions.
Kwale county health executive officer Mr Francis Gwama assured Agakhan Hospital management that the equipment will be used as planned for the benefit of health care workers as well as the community.