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Inside Government’s Ambitious Plan To Install Oxygen Plants In 23 Counties

As the war against COVID-19 intensifies, Kenya’s Ministry of Health is set to install 23 oxygen plants in various counties.

While delivering the COVID-19 updates yesterday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe indicated that the demand for oxygen had spiraled in the wake of increased COVID-19 infections.

Friday’s statistics indicate that Kenya had an infection rate of 13% after 945 people tested positive for the zoonotic virus after testing 7295 samples. Kagwe has now asked respective counties to fix oxygen piping as the government plans to install the said plants by the end of August.

“As the government makes arrangements to install oxygen plants, counties are urged to ramp up oxygen piping in their health care facilities to ensure maximum utilization of the plants.”

“There are about 23 counties that are going to be receiving oxygen plants by the end of August,” said Kagwe.

On vaccination efforts, only 2.4% of the adult population has been fully immunized. Statistics indicate that 1.7 million Kenyans have been vaccinated – 1.05 million first doses and 650k second doses.

Meanwhile, the health ministry announced a raft of measures meant to spread further spread of corona virus. All public gatherings and in person meetings have now been suspended with Kenyans being advised to use virtual platforms.

Places of worship should only allow one third of their total capacity during various services with restaurants and eateries being advised to strictly adhere to COVID-19 containment protocols. The ongoing nationwide curfew hours still continues from 10 P.M to 4 A.M.

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