Hospital in Nairobi has moved to install more oxygen Unit as Kenya’s third wave of the coronavirus poses great threat to the country’s healthcare system.
With more cases of the virus been reported daily in the country, the health officials have now taken the initiative to increase the capacity of lifesaving elements, so as to prevent the current nightmare scenario currently unfolding in India due to oxygen shortages.
It was reported that on the roof of the Metropolitan Hospital, a 150-bed private institution that targets the middle class, a brand-new oxygen production unit that is capable of producing up to 600 litres of gas per minute has just been installed.
Metropolitan CEO Kanyenje Gakombe said the hospital accelerated plans to produce its own oxygen after supplies were squeezed to the limit during the height of the third wave, fanned by the variants of the coronavirus first detected in Britain and South Africa.
In April, Kenya registered 571 deaths, and the health ministry warned that hospitals were overran with 300 patients in the Intensive Care Unit and no fewer than 2,000 hospitalised countrywide.
“The reserve dwindled, it decreased to the point where we were collecting oxygen 24/7,” Gakombe recalled.
At one point “we were down to six hours of reserves and that was a very, very worrying situation.”
The grey-haired doctor admitted that in his 27years at the helm of the facility, he had rarely worried about the oxygen supply which was “something we took for granted”.
But where a typical patient uses “two to 15 litres” of oxygen per minute, a Covid patient requires “up to 60 litres”, he said.
“We wanted to make sure we were self-sufficient, not dependent on third parties to provide us with the oxygen we needed,” he said, referring to industry suppliers, like Kenya’s gas manufacturer BOC.