Kenyan billionaire donates USD 1 million to coronavirus fight

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Traders wash their hands with soap and water outside a retail market, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nairobi, Kenya April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
Traders wash their hands with soap and water outside a retail market, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nairobi, Kenya April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Kenyan business tycoon and the chairman of Devki Group, Narendra Raval, on Thursday donated KSH 100 million (USD 1 million) worth of oxygen to all government hospitals in the country.

“I hereby confirm the pledge to donate oxygen worth Sh 100 million to all government hospitals throughout the country. Oxygen will be collected from our Mombasa, Ruiru, and Athi River Devki Steel Mills Ltd Factories in exchange of empty cylinders,” he said in a letter.

Mr Raval added that he was ready to dedicate all his assets if he was required to do so. 

In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “If the need arises, I am ready to pledge all my assets to save my country and the people of Kenya from the Covid-19 devil.”

The oxygen will help provide care for those with Coronavirus in Kenya. 

Kenya on Thursday registered 29 new coronavirus cases in the country, pushing confirmed cases to 110.

The rising cases came as the Ministry of Health reported two new fatalities, raising the death toll from COVID-19 to three.

 

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