KPC dispatches 20,000 litres of sanitisers to northern Kenya

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 00:00 | By
KWAL chairman Kuria Muchiru hands over alcohol-based hand sanitisers to Diversy vice president-Food & Beverage Boniface Kariuki and KPC managing director Francis Irungu before being released to the counties. Photo/PD/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has dispatched over 20,000 litres of free hand sanitisers to several counties in northern Kenya in enhanced government efforts to counter the spread of coronavirus in rural areas.

Managing Director Macharia Irungu said the government had turned the spotlight on far flung counties to help arrest the rate of spread of coronavirus, while still focused on hot spots, mainly in Nairobi, Mombasa and other counties.

The disease also commonly referred to as Covid-19 has claimed 14 people in Kenya so far, and over 170,000 across the world and also affected more than 2.5 million people globally.

“For us to beat this virus, national and county governments must collaborate. We are happy to announce that even far flung counties of Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, Marsabit and Garissa have already cumulatively received over 20,000 litres of government sanitisers through their governors and county commissioners,” Irungu told journalists at Polysnthetic East Africa Limited in Industrial Area, Nairobi.

Speaking to journalists after receiving over 40,000 litres of hand sanitisers from Diversey EA, he said the counties will be receiving more of these products in the coming days.

KPC, which is spearheading the national government’s efforts to take the war against coronavirus to the grassroots, welcomed Diversey East Africa which has joined a growing list of corporate entities that are supporting government in the war against Covid-19.

“Today is a historic day as we welcome Diversey EA into this noble initiative. KPC is also eternally grateful for other partners like Kenya Wines Agency (KWAL) and KRA for ensuring that we have sufficient amounts of ethanol to produce these sanitisers for Kenyans,” he said.

Diversey is in the process of manufacturing more litres of hand sanitisers that will also go to the counties, Irungu said.

Diversey Inc. Africa & Middle East Vice President, Boniface Kariuki said: “Our core business is making sanitisers to protect our people. So when KPC approached us to assist in making some to be given out to needy Kenyans for free during this crisis period, we quickly welcomed the idea and we are ready to continue supporting this initiative until Kenya becomes coronavirus free.” 

KWAL donated 105,000 litres of ethanol towards mass production and distribution of hand sanitisers.

Chairman, Kuria Muchiru said the firm is extending its support in a bid to boost efforts to manage the situation and fight against the spread of Covid-19. 

“Our donation will go towards mass production of hand sanitisers which will contribute to enhancing hygiene and sanitisation efforts for Kenyans, particularly those facing water shortages,” he said in Nairobi.

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