KEPSA, MoH seal deal to fight COVID-19
The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) inked a deal with the Ministry of Health in a bid to support the government fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the private sector apex body, we have been at the forefront in coordinating the private sector response and complimenting the government’s efforts towards combating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, general health, and social wellbeing of Kenyans.” Said KEPSA.
According to Chief Executive Officer, Carole Kariuki, KEPSA is coordinating the private sector to raise funds and work through the government to increase the number of vaccines in the country and vaccinate the employees, their families and part of the community as the government reaches the rest of the public.
It further stated not to abate in aiding procuring or selling of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country.
“The government has been very categorical that no vaccines will be sold in the country by any entity and KEPSA will strictly adhere to this directive by not procuring or selling any vaccines.”
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Additionally, it said all vaccines will be procured, stored and distributed by the Ministry of Health and administration will be done in concert with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council to deliver the vaccines into people’s arms according to the national guidelines.
This comes barely 2 days ago after the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe called on Kenyans not to pay for COVID-19 vaccines.
“Go ahead and get the vaccine and then refuse to pay. After that, report the institution and the person charging you,” he said.
“There are those carrying out health camps with stolen vaccines. There’s no way someone can have vaccines unless they’ve stolen it,” he added.
Kagwe directed Kenya Medical and Dentist Board to deregister all facilities charging for COVID-19 vaccination.
The CS said selling Covid-19 vaccines to Kenyans is a criminal offence.
This follows after Kenya’s positivity COVID-19 has jumped to 12.6 percent yesterday when the Ministry of Health announced 565 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours pushing the caseload to 235,863.
Kenya has now administered more than 2.77 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.