Groups that have registered with the National Youth Council are set benefit from a donation of 34,095 KN95 face masks donation.
The PPEs will be given to youths in informal settlements and informal sector through the associations that have registered with council
The Donation from Sigma Pharmaceuticals in UK will target the vulnerable in the society and the areas that are currently witnessing a surge in the number of reported Covid-19 cases
“We will focus more on the regions with higher infection rates since we are working hand in hand with the ministry of health. We will use already established associations like the boda boda associations among others which have subscribed to National Youth Council,” said Roy Sasaka CEO of the council.
The Ministry of ICT, Innovations and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said that the initiative aligns with the Governments’ pandemic fight, and aligned to the NYC Mandate and outlook.
“I believe that our Youth play a key role in the management of this outbreak and thus plays a pivotal role and need, to be included in initiatives for economy recovery: Building Back Together beyond,” said CS Mucheru.
He added that the youth are particularly vulnerable to the disruptions the pandemic had caused, and many were now at risk of being left behind in Education, Economic opportunities, and Health and wellbeing, during a crucial stage of their life development.
“It is therefore important to ensure that our Youth are geared with protective equipment and health supplies, to prevent COVID-19. I must state that Kenya is a Youthful Country as 75% constitutes of young people, hence, my emphasis on the effectiveness of your donation today, during this period, when the surge is high and the KN95 face masks now being a need to the Youth. We are therefore so humbled, as this donation from Sigma Pharmaceuticals PLC-UK, will cultivate sustainability of the COVID-19 Response Campaigns that we had started in 2020, in protecting the Youth,” stated CEO NYC Mr Sasaka.
Sigma Pharmaceuticals Founder abd CEO Bharat Shah on his part said that that was just the beginning towards along partnership between the NYC and Sigma Pharmaceuticals.
“I my two brothers and our wives are all Kenyan born, and we have a particular ‘soft spot’ for Kenya. We believe that the 34,000 high quality KN95 face masks will go a long way towards protecting our Youth, as they go out to fend for themselves, and their families,” Mr Shah said.