Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary and his Health counterpart Dr Mercy Mwangangi today received a consignment of humanitarian aid worth Sh26 million from the government of the Slovakia towards Kenya’s Covid-19 pandemic mitigation.
The donation was delivered by a Slovak government jet at JKIA and handed over by Ambassador Frantisek Dlhopolcek. The supplies include testing kits, personal protective equipment, respirators, sanitiser, clothing and shoes.
First Lady Margaret applauded the Slovakian government for their solidarity with Kenya in the fight against coronavirus through the donations.
“This donation will enhance our collective fight against the spread of the Coronavirus in Kenya especially where it is needed most – the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the country,” Director of Administration in the Office of the First Lady Eva Maina said.
She said the First Lady also appreciates the support extended to Mater Misericordiae Hospital by the Slovakian Paediatric Heart Mission, noting that the mission’s commitment to establish a cardiac programme that offers special cardiac care for children will help many who cannot afford it.
Slovakia Ambassador Dlhopolcek said his country is also facing challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the donation was an expression of solidarity with Kenyans in the fight against the pandemic.
“The First Lady is a patron of our development cooperation and we are very happy with her patronage and advise,” Ambassador Dlhopolcek said.
“We extend our sincere gratitude to the Slovak Government for this kind contribution which includes testing kits, about 18,000 litres of sanitizer and protective gear that will go a long way in helping our community health workers as we implement our home-based care program,” Dr Mwangangi said.
Namwamba said Slovakia and the Kenya share strong bilateral ties in various fields ranging from agriculture and business to health.
Kenya is one of two African countries under SlovakAid programmes.
“Therefore this donation is another gesture of the very strong cooperation between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Kenya,” Namwamba said. Also present during the handover ceremony were EU Deputy Head of Mission Katrin Hagemann, Foreign Affairs Director for Europe and the Commonwealth Dr Joe Sang and Ministry of Health’s Director for Global Health Dr Andrew Toro.
Both countries also cooperate in trade, energy (nuclear), construction, transport, infrastructure, engineering, water, agriculture and information technology.
Slovakia is assisting Kenya develop its nuclear capacity, so that Kenya can meet its future energy needs.
Trade between the two countries is still low, and still under Sh1 billion.
Kenya’s main exports to Slovakia include cut flowers, legumes, fruits, nuts, coffee, and iron and steel screws and bolts, while Slovakia’s main exports to Kenya include paper, automobiles, fertiliser, machinery and equipment, computers and electronics.