Health ministry wants Ksh.1.8B to build coronavirus facility at Mbagathi

Health ministry wants Ksh.1.8B to build coronavirus facility at Mbagathi

The Ministry of Health has made a request for Ksh. 1.8billion from Treasury to set up a coronavirus facility at the Mbagathi Hospital.

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According to PS Julius Muia, they have been receiving requests for emergency funding to set up the facility.

“With the outbreak of the coronavirus we have had the proposal to make available Ksh.1.8billion to airlift our students from China and put up a hospital on Mbagathi Way to quarantine them first,” Muia said.

Muia made the sentiments while appearing before Parliament’s National Planning and Finance Committee on Thursday.

Part of the funding, if granted, is to be used to bring back the Kenyan students who are trapped in Wuhan, China; the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The plan is to have the students isolated for the requisite 14-days under the close watch of Kenyan doctors.

Citizen Digital understands that talks are ongoing between the ministry and the task force mandated with handling any arising cases of coronavirus.

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The revelation comes just hours after the government also announced that it has released Ksh.1.3million for the 91 students who are stuck in Wuhan.

During a press conference, the government also ruled out the possibility of extracting the students from China, saying there was a likelihood that such a move would expose them to the infection.

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