KMTC to benefit from PPEs donated by IGAD in the fight against COVID-19

KMTC to benefit from PPEs donated by IGAD in the fight against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has today received a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as part of support towards the war against COVID-19 in the Country.

Bulk of the donation will go to Dadaab refugee Camp while a portion will be used at KMTC, which is currently a quarantine and isolation facility.

The donation was presented by the IGAD Executive Secretary Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu to Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Aman at KMTC Karen. The CAS was accompanied by Governors Hon. Ali Korane (Garissa) and Hon. Mohammed Mohamud (Marsabit), KMTC Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki and CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo.

Dr. Workneh said the donation was part of IGAD’s regional short term emergency response and will be focusing on longer term interventions to substantively contribute to strengthening national health systems.

“The donation is part of the efforts by IGAD to continue supporting its member states in response to COVID-19 preventive measures, for use by IGAD cross border communities, said Dr. Workneh, adding that “The Centre of Excellence at KMTC Karen is also part of IGAD’s overall regional vision on strengthening nutrition capacities and reducing the impact of COVID-19 amongst vulnerable communities”. 

In June 2020, IGAD had also donated Kshs. 10 million to the Ministry of Health for COVID-19 response, in addition to PPE kits and IEC materials.

CAS Dr. Aman thanked Dr. Workneh for the continued support and collaboration by IGAD on various spheres. He reported that in the fight against COVID-19 in addition to support from development partners such as IGAD, KMTC has been highly involved in supporting the Government’s efforts in managing the pandemic since confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the country.

“The College is a member of the National Multi-Agency Team on COVID-19 tasked with quarantine and isolation facilities preparedness” said Dr. Aman. He added that 44 KMTC Campuses are being used as quarantine and isolation/treatment centers, having so far hosted 4,366 clients in quarantine and 421 in isolation.

KMTC Board Chairman Prof. Kaloki observed that the Partnership between the Ministry of Health, KMTC and IGAD started way back in 2018, with the purpose of developing mechanisms and systems for strengthening regional nutrition training and capacity development and as part of the wider efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the IGAD region.

He lauded the collaboration as timely, noting that it came at a time when the Government has prioritized attainment of UHC for all Kenyans, part of which is food security and nutrition.

“IGAD has since established KMTC Karen, as the proposed regional IGAD Centre for Excellence on Nutrition, which will serve as a collaborative entity for evidence based nutritional interventional training, advocacy, coordination and strategic planning,” the Chairperson further observed.

CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo applauded the collaboration with IGAD as well as the proposal to have KMTC Karen as the Centre of Excellence on Nutrition. This, he said, will enable the College improve its scientific and operational research capacity as well as innovations towards UHC, and contribute to global health research. He observed that the partnership will further help KMTC to improve graduate education for EAC nutritionists designed to foster leadership in nutrition services.

The event was attended by representatives from various Government and Private entities, Senior Managers from KMTC Headquarters as well as Karen Campus staff led by Principal Dr. Peris Kibet.