Equity Bank to pump KES 50 million into health sector
02 September 2014, 13:19
Nairobi - Equity Bank has set aside KES 50 million to support health care delivery in the country as part of its corporate social responsibility programme, the Bank’s Foundation Director, Dr. Hellen Gichui, has disclosed.
She said the Bank was partnering with “Beyond Zero” initiative spearheaded by First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, to fund the acquisition of mobile clinics for distribution to the counties.
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Gichui said the Bank was also collaborating with both public and private healthcare providers to improve access to quality healthcare services and boost penetration of affordable health insurance products.
Speaking at Homabay High School during the presentation of “Beyond Zero” campaign mobile clinic for Homabay County by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the official said the Bank had partnered with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to provide affordable health insurance cover through the Bank’s network of branches and over 10 000 agents.
She said the Bank was targeting the lower economic segments in the communities for affordable health products.
Gichui expressed concern that a fifth of children in Homabay County were not fully immunized and that over 75% of women give birth without the supervision of qualified health personnel thus contributing to high infant and maternal mortality rates.
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The director said Equity Bank Foundation was prioritizing in education and healthcare interventions adding that it hopes to sponsor some 50 000 orphans and vulnerable children as part of its’ corporate social responsibility programme.
She told the locals and the County government to fully utilize and maintain properly the mobile clinic which was acquired by the Equity Bank Foundation for their use.
The presentation ceremony was also witnessed by Homabay deputy governor, Hamilton Orata and County Executive for Health, Lawrence Koteng.
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