World Bank approves Kenya’s $50m coronavirus loan

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Kenya will receive $50m (£40m) from World Bank to fund efforts intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has said the amount will be used to procure protective gear and hand sanitisers for health workers, as well as increasing bed capacity in hospitals.

“Health workers have complained of a lack of adequate protective gear in hospitals,” reports say.

Kenya’s Health Ministry has confirmed that one health worker has tested positive after coming into contact with an infected patient.

Consequently, health workers’ union leaders have said medics need more protective gear and urged the government to supplement local production by waving import duty on materials needed to do so.

Kenya’s first coronavirus patient who has since recovered, lauded health workers who handled her, saying “they did well despite the challenges.”

 

Olajumoke Adeleke