Nyeri Governor H.E Mutahi Kahiga today received a consignment of 14 portable ventilators from USAID team led by the Country Coordinator Dr. Andrew Thaiyah and Peter Waithaka, who had earlier paid a courtesy call to his office.
This is part of an ongoing national program whereby USAID donated 200 ventilators to Kenya to aid in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
10 of the ventilators have been donated to the County Government of Nyeri hospitals while four have been designated to Kenyatta National Hospital-Othaya Annex.
In addition, USAID has trained over 15 health personnel including biomedical engineers and critical care workers on usage and maintenance of the ventilators.
Governor Kahiga expressed his joy and gratitude for this noble gesture noting that the machines will complement the existing 19 ventilators within the county. He noted that one of the hallmarks of Nyeri County is accountability as such all the ventilators will be accounted for and will be used for their intended purpose.
He added that the County Government of Nyeri is currently implementing a 125 million project of setting up oxygen plants at Mt. Kenya and Karatina Hospital to ensure there is a steady supply of piped oxygen within the facilities.
Peter Waithaka from USAID noted that the ventilators have a one year warranty and that USAID will help in installing and maintaining of the equipment.
The mutual agreement between the County Government of Nyeri and USAID was put on paper and signed, an exercise overseen by the County Attorney Kimani Rucuiya.
So far Nyeri County has recorded 1135 cases and 43 deaths. Nyeri residents have been urged to observe MOH protocols in order to curb the transmission of Coronavirus in light of Christmas festivities.
Also present were: Dr. David Mutonga (USAID) County Secretary Ben Gachichio, Health CEC Dr. Rachel Kamau, Water CEC Fredrick Kinyua, Health Director Dr. Nelson Muriu, Economic Advisor Ndirangu Gachunia and Chief of Staff Paul Wambugu
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