African Guarantee Fund has donated essential medical equipment worth Kshs. 2.2 million to Pumwani Maternity Hospital in a bid to strengthen the hospital’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
AGF identified that during this prevalent period, scarcity of critical medical tools was crippling the hospital’s operations and in turn donated oxygen concentrators, oxygen masks, non-permeable disposable gowns, patient monitors, hand sanitizers with mountable dispensers, surgical masks, N95 masks and infused thermometer guns. All these are crucial in assisting the hospital’s workers as they continue to attend to their patients.
Pumwani Maternity Hospital is notably known as a pioneer in the field of maternal healthcare within Sub-Saharan Africa and AGF honored this by presenting them with patient and infant beds as well, as part of the larger donation. The donation was of great significance to the 300 healthcare workers at the hospital who oversee 50 – 100 deliveries daily.
Speaking during the handing over event, African Guarantee Fund
Group CEO, Mr. Jules Ngankam, noted that this donation was part of AGF’s
commitment to give back to the community especially in light of the ongoing
Mr. Ngankam pointed out that one of AGF’s mission was to be a part of the solution by ensuring the safety of vulnerable individuals, particularly the healthcare providers and the patients.
The event was presided over by Pumwani Hospital’s Deputy Medical
Superintendent, Dr. Beth Maina, who expressed her appreciation to AGF for the
support noting that shortage of PPE kits and other equipment had been a
challenge faced by the healthcare sector.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Beth noted that the new equipment
would greatly impact provision of quality services to their patients; mostly
made up of the urban poor community; who would otherwise have been
disadvantaged by a lack thereof.
This donation is a milestone following the launch of AGF’s COVID-19 Guarantee Facility earlier in the year that served to cushion African SMEs against the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.