“This donation could not have come at the ideal time like now. Our main priority lies in ensuring safety for our patients during evacuations as well as keeping our first responders safe from COVID-19 infections. The donation of these special chambers will increase the options available to E-Plus in supporting government efforts against the spread of COVID-19 as well as other high infectious diseases like Ebola.” E-Plus Managing Director, Susan Ng’ong’a said.
She added that the adoption of the isolation chambers will mitigate and reduce the risk of contamination and infection hence creating a safe working environment for the ambulance crew as well as the patients.
“Ambulance services are most crucial in ensuring safe evacuation and transportation of patients free of contamination and today’s contribution from Switzerland arrives in time to allow E-Plus to provide effective and the most efficient way of evacuating patients of communicable diseases like COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.” said Kenya Red Cross Society Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Idris Ahmed.
“E-Plus is very grateful to the people and Government of Switzerland for their generous support to our operation”. Switzerland Ambassador, H.E. Amb. Valentin Zellweger lauded E-Plus for their meticulous work in the pandemic response. While handing over the five portable isolation chambers, said that the units will play critical role in reducing contamination since they work in both negative and positive pressures.
“The government of Switzerland is glad to continue its partnership with Kenyans through today’s donation of the five portable isolation chambers to the Emergency Plus Medical Services. Through this, the government of Switzerland is emphasising the crucial role that the health workers and paramedics are playing in the fight against COVID-19. These units are designed to function in both negative and positive pressures, hence ideal to reduce the rate of contamination to both the ambulance crew and other people.” He said. Mr. Zellweger lauded the work of done by the Kenya Red Cross and E-Plus towards reduction of mortality and morbidity rates in the country while emphasising the need for continuous cooperation.
E-Plus paramedics and ambulance operators have undertaken thorough training on the application of the previously acquired Portable Isolation Chambers to ensure professional handling of the patients.
E-Plus continues to play a critical role in addressing pre-hospital care in the country while actively pursuing innovative approaches in the health system. Recently, E-Plus embraced innovation and launched a telemedicine platform, eDoc where patients can access clinical services virtually.
The handover session was witnessed by E-Plus members of the board led by the E-Plus Chairman,
Dr. Abbas Gullet, MBS
E-Plus is the largest private Emergency Medical Services and pre-hospital care provider in the East and Central Africa, with 128 fleet of superior, fully equipped state-of-the-art ambulances, manned by highly qualified paramedics and experienced in pre- hospital care. The company is owned by the Kenya Red Cross Society. www.eplus.co.ke.
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