President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday July 15 handed a major boost to two youthful innovators behind locally manufactured hospital beds by instructing the Government to immediately procure 500 beds.
According to tweets by The Presidential Delivery Unit, the beds are an innovation by 26-year-old Mungai Gathogo and Joseph Muhinja, 35.
The beds that are made from locally sourced material from their workshop in Githunguri, Kiambu county, will be subjected to standardization tests by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
They will be a vital aid to public hospitals that are reeling under the pressure of COVID-19 related hospital admissions.
President Kenyatta on Wednesday July 15 dispatched PDU Secretary Andrew Wakahiu and Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga to Githunguri to assess the beds and convey the Government’s decision.
Mr Wakahiu said the Government, through the Numerical Machining Complex, will also help the young entrepreneurs and other innovators with technical skills and equipment to hasten production and improve quality.
The Government would also link up local manufacturers with SME fund to raise capital for start-ups and to expand existing businesses in a drive towards the realization of the Manufacturing pillar under the Big Four agenda.
Many would agree that the procurement of the beds comes as concern was raised over possible filling of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Kenyan hospitals due to increase of people testing positive for Covid-19.
Health Director-General Patrick Amoth said on Wednesday July 15 that the procedures needed for ICU patients are complex and time-consuming.
He added that “if the numbers of those in need of critical care go up, we will not be able to have the adequate numbers of the healthcare worker to offer this service.”
Data from the Health Ministry also indicated that 78 of the 225 coronavirus patients who had been admitted to ICU died.
Experts say patients who recover after ICU may have to deal with long term disabilities such as muscle wasting, organ and brain damage.
Covid-19 patients who spend time in the ICU are prone to physical, cognitive and even mental health problems after discharge, according to studies.
Researchers say once they find out what might be causing long-term symptoms, they can start targeting treatments to help patients feel better.
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