•AKUH interim chief executive officer Rashid Khalani said the hospital will be able to accommodate those in need of urgent ICU facilities and ventilators.
•Present was the German ambassador Annett Gunter together with Director KFW Development Bank Oskar von Maltzan.
The Ministry of Health on Wednesday received over 20,000 Covid-19 testing kits at the Kemri headquarters in Nairobi to boost Kenya’s Covid-19 response.
The kits are estimated at Sh44 million.
While receiving the donation, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache thanked The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi and the German Government, saying it would go a long way in curbing the pandemic.
“With Kenya already on its third wave of Covid-19, the demand for testing has been greatly driven due to the increased number of positive cases over the last few weeks. This help, therefore, couldn’t have come at a more opportune time,” she said.
AKUH interim chief executive officer Rashid Khalani said the hospital will be able to accommodate those in need of urgent ICU facilities and ventilators.
She thanked Kemri for doing research and identifying the new Covid-19 variants and also for being a centre for testing and vaccination.
“I urge the health facilities not to hold on to the vaccination as the government shall do its very best to ensure the second dose is available by late May or June 2021,” she said.
Susan said not only was it a government responsibility but also an individual’s responsibility to curb the spread of the virus through vaccination and following the measures that have been put in place to curb the spread.
Those that were already vaccinated were urged to continue taking precaution as they await the second dose.
With most of the testing being done in private institutions, Khalani said the partnership between the Private sector and the Ministry of Health was crucial in such times as they can sufficiently battle this pandemic and in future improve Kenya’s healthcare system.
Present was German ambassador Annett Gunter together with director KFW Development Bank Oskar von Maltzan.
The donation was financed by the German Government through a grant given to AKUH, to boost their Covid-19 response and support the public healthcare system.
The German Federal Government through KWF bank has assembled the largest aid package in German history, including a special programme for developing countries and emerging economies.
The Covax facility in Germany was the main contributor to the testing kits.
“The start of vaccination is a beacon of hope and with paying attention to the most vulnerable, Germany aims at ensuring global and equitable access to vaccines, tests and treatments. Global cooperation and solidarity are our only chance to defeat the coronavirus” the ambassador said.
According to Sam Kariuki, Director General at KEMRI, the PCR testing kit was on the standard level and will greatly help in testing for Covid-19.
Edited by Kiilu Damaris