If you have coronavirus-like symptoms and choose to go for a test then be ready to pay at least Ksh.5000 in government facilities or pay more at Lancet and private hospitals like Nairobi hospital where a single test cost Ksh8000 and Ksh10000 respectively. This was according to an investigation done by a team of journalists from KTN News.
In an attempt to verify the above information, 254news.co.ke called the MoH number 719 and to our surprise, we were told that the cost only applies for those who test coronavirus negative in government facilities meaning for positive results there is no cost incurred in government. They were not clear if the money paid for tests are refunded back.
Remember Kenya gives daily updates of Coronavirus positive cases out of a sample size of between 2000 and 3000. One social media user Karanja Wa Mwangi is asking where this sample size is from.
It’s surprising that all these are happening at a time Kenya had received fundings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of upto 50 million US Dollars, 78 million US Dollars from European Union, donations of surgical masks, protective suits, isolation gowns and thermometers worth $2m (£1.6m) and other donations.
Months ago, a private company working with government officials and Chinese businessmen in Kenya, laid claim to the donation from Jack Ma when the equipments arrived in the country before donating part of the stolen supplies to other Kenyan government ministries.
The first consignment was donated by Jack Ma, who had made a similar philanthropic gesture in other African countries.
Mr Ma’s first care package which arrived in Kenya on March 24 had 100,000 face masks and 20,000 testing kits.
This huge consignment of test kits is said to have disappeared at the JKIA.
Kenya has lost three Healthcare workers that is Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki and two nurses. The blame is on the personal protective equipment.
Many Kenyans are asking if the said equipment genuinely disappeared at the airport or whether it was an inside job by well-connected people.
Not long ago, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that thieves had found their way to Mr Ma’s consignment.
The second donation, from the Chinese government, arrived on April 20 at the same aerodrome.
A local newspaper recently detailed how Ministry of Health officials allegedly colluded with local and Chinese businessmen to steal the consignment, revealing that some of the suspected cons managed to escape arrest because of their networks.
So who stole the testing kits and the reagents?
The-Star.co.ke reports that, a Principal Secretary in one of the key government departments seemingly ministry of health made a killing during the Covid-19 pandemic through dubious deals. And is using part of the money to buy a house in a foreign country just in case the scandal breaks out and she needs somewhere to run to.
The Powerful Principal Secretary is said to be having a growing appetite for more money and that this has seen her instigate a leadership crisis at a state corporation, sponsoring negative articles in some of the media outlets after the parastatal chief refused to play ball on her corrupt proposals.
As if that is not enough, in an article written by Kenyan Digest, the author revealed how Richard Ngatia, the chairman for Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry played a key role in ensuring that all the kits donated to Kenya are back in the market at exorbitant rates in what the said site termed as “Coronapreneurs”.;
“Richard Ngatia had been ready for the coronavirus outbreak since January, by using his access to high-level international intelligence that is available to the Kenyan Presidency, he, therefore, imported a lot of the testing kits and PPEs that would be critical, before the lockdown of airspace around the World.
Currently, Kenya has 10s of thousands of testing kits in the country, with two-thirds having been donated by Chinese Jack Ma and others, but these donations were taken over by Ngatia, to be resupplied to private hospitals.” Are part of the excerpts from the article