Kenya’s ministry of health has disclosed that there has been an acute shortage of oxygen in hospitals across the country.
This was said to have been caused by a rising number of Covid-19 cases as the country experiences the third wave.
On Monday, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe stated that Kenyans were hoarding about 20,000 oxygen cylinders in private facilities, homes, and institutions.
He said the cylinders were desperately needed in public hospitals to save lives. He appealed to Kenyans to take them back to manufacturers.
“I wish to make an appeal to those holding cylinders, be they hospital facilities or individuals in other sectors, please return those cylinders to manufacturers so they can refill and use them in hospitals that need them,” he said.
According to the health ministry, the market demand for oxygen has doubled from 410 tonnes before the arrival of the pandemic to the current demand of 880 tonnes.