President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday instructed the government to procure 500 hospital beds from two local innovators who made headlines on Tuesday.
National Government ordered 500 of the beds to boost capacity in public hospitals currently under pressure from COVID-19 related admissions.
Mungai Gathogo, 26 and Joseph Muhinja, 35 based in Githunguri, Kiambu now have a month and a half to deliver the beds following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal intervention.
The Head of State on Wednesday dispatched the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) to Githunguri to assess the beds and confirm the viability of the order after the innovation that has been trending in social media was brought to his attention.
“I have been sent by His Excellency the President to congratulate the young innovators and to confirm the government’s commitment to support local innovations and products by providing a market for our own under the Buy-Kenya-Build-Kenya policy,” said PDU Secretary Andrew Wakahiu.
Wakahiu also added that the beds will be subjected to standardization tests by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The PDU boss said the purchase of the beds will be a vital boost to public hospitals currently reeling under the strain of COVID-19 admissions