COVID-19: Buy Ventilators With Ksh10 Billion BBI Money, Kenyans Tell Uhuru

ICU Ventilator [Photo/Courtesy]

A section of Kenyans online is now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to divert funds that the government had set aside to implement the Buiding Bridges Initiative (BBI) report to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

Kenyans on Twitter, popularly known as KoT, took to the microblogging site on Sunday to call on the Head of State to heed to their call using the hashtag #10BforVentilatorsNotBBI.

In a series of tweets, KoT urged President Kenyatta to use the monies to buy much-needed ventilators to help COVID-19 patients.

As of Sunday, March 28, Kenya had 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The disease has already claimed one person, a 66-year-old who died at the Aga Khan Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He was suffering from diabetes.

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To prevent further loss of life, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Kenyans think it’s time the President acted firmly, this includes equipping our hospitals with ventilators and Coronavirus testing kits amid the global health crisis.

A medical ventilator is an automatic machine that moves breathable air mechanically into and out of the lungs. The machine helps provide the mechanism of breathing for a patient, who is physically unable to breathe, or effectively breathe on their own.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness clinically resembling viral pneumonia and manifesting as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The Coronavirus annihilates the breathing system and most patients rely on a ventilator to breathe.

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With the number of COVID-19 cases in the country fast-rising, Kenyans think that the prudent thing for the government to do is to increase its preparedness to fight the disease. It should not sit pretty thinking that the cases will remain at 38, or the number will remain low even in the coming weeks.

Recently, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the government was forced to dispatch a ventilator to the coast region to help a COVID-19 patient, who needed it urgently. This clearly shows that there is need to procure the machines as the virus wreaks havoc.

The funds, KoT said, can also be used to increase critical care beds in the country.

Kenya has only 518 critical care beds to cater for patients with Nairobi county leading with 247 beds. 439 beds are occupied in certain hospitals across the country.

Some counties lack the facility. These include; Kitui, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Marsabit and Migori counties.

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To deal with the COVID-19 crisis Kenya has been relying on donations from Western countries with local leaders doing nothing to fight the pandemic.

Last week, Chinse billionaire Jack Ma donated 25,000 masks, testing kits and protective suits meant to help the Kenyan government in its efforts to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kenyans are now calling on the President and his handshake partner Raila Odinga to divert Ksh10 billion BBI funding to the COVID-19 medical emergency that has shaken 1st world countries including USA, Italy, China Germany among others.

Here are some of the reactions online:

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege


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