Equity Bank has given nurses Sh85 million to set up a centre for psychosocial support for health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
CEO James Mwangi said the funds would be given to the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) to establish the facility. The centre will address psychosocial and other challenges affecting health workers in the line of duty.
Speaking at the Homa Bay Referral Hospital yesterday when he donated personal protective equipment (PPEs), Mwangi said they had learnt of the importance of giving attention to psychological issues that affect medics.
He said KNUN members, who are currently more than 50,000 across the country, need support to deliver the required services to Kenyans.
“Equity Bank is supporting health workers because they undergo a lot of risks in discharging their duties,” Mwangi said.
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The chief executive, who was hosted by Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti, donated PPEs that included face masks, gumboots, gloves and gowns.
Mwangi, who is also the chairman of the National Covid-19 Emergency Funds Committee, asked Nyanza residents to continue complying with preventive measures.
“Let us observe all anti-Covid-19 rules to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.
Awiti, his deputy Hamilton Orata, Ndhiwa MP Martin Owino and Homa Bay Health Executive Richard Muga were present at the donations drive.
The governor thanked Mwangi and Equity Bank for standing with counties like Homa Bay in the fight against Covid-19.
“Our major partners, such as the national government and Equity Bank, have helped in the fight against this disease. We appeal to Equity to help us put up a CT-scan here to upgrade this hospital to a Level 5,” Awiti added.