KPC has distributed about 400,000 litres of free government of Kenya hand sanitisers to all 47 counties in a new drive to counter the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
KPC, which is spearheading the national government’s efforts to distribute hand sanitizers for free to poor Kenyans especially those in informal settlements, has in this fight partnered with county governments several of which are now emerging as Covid-19 hotspots according to the Health ministry.
“The virus is now domiciled across the length and breadth of our republic – from down south in Kilifi to Mandera in the north. And from the west in Vihiga to Kitui in the east,” Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi told Kenyans earlier this week.
By Wednesday this week, a number of residents in 21 counties had tested positive for the virus that has infected more than 1.9 million people and claimed over 121,700 lives globally. In Kenya, the number of cases stood at 225 on Wednesday with 10 deaths and 53 recoveries.
Most patients are spread in the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi , Kiambu, Mandera, Machakos, and Nakuru. Kitui, Kajiado, Laikipia, Kakamega, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Siaya and Uasin Gishu have also had few cases together with Kisii, Homa Bay, Nyamira, Nyeri and Kwale.
Speaking to journalists at the Council of Governors offices in Nairobi recently, PS Petroleum Andrew Kamau said that national and county governments should collaborate for the country to fight coronavirus effectively.
“It is our responsibility to slow down the Covid-19 rate of infection. In this regard, KPC will be donating 20,000 litres of GoK hand sanitizers to the council of governors every week to be distributed free of charge to our people down at the grassroots level across 47 counties,’ PS Kamau announced.
“As a government, we are certain that the free hand sanitizers from government will be a big boost to the country’s strategy against Covid-19. But we cannot succeed without county governments because they are critical governance units to help us in this noble agenda,” Kamau told reporters
On his part, Chairman CoG Governor Wycliffe Oparanya hailed KPC for bringing industry players together to produce free hand sanitizers on behalf of the people of Kenya.
“For an agency that does not belong to the health sector such as KPC to step forward and help counties fight Covid-19 is highly commendable. We appeal to other corporates and institutions to come forward and support county governments so that our people in the rural areas can feel the presence of government,” Oparanya told reporters.
“We will put an accountable mechanism in place to ensure that this kind donation of GoK hand sanitizers reaches all our rural communities free of charge through county grassroot networks,” he assured journalists adding that this intervention is very critical especially in the rural areas where most Kenyans reside.
Governor Oparanya thanked Vivo Energy Kenya, Total Kenya, Ola Energy, Kenol Kobil, Pwani Oil and Sepyanna Oil East Africa who have provided their blending plants at no cost to package and bottle the hand sanitizers for the public.
“I also thank East African Breweries, Bollore Logistics, Maersk Kenya, Coca Cola, BAT and Kenya Railways for providing their services for free to store and transport these sanitizers to all the 47 counties in Kenya. This is a very kind gesture for the people of Kenya and we do not take it for granted,” the Kakamega county chief concluded.
For any enquiries to KPC about the GoK hand sanitizers, members of the public can call KPC on toll free number 0800720198.