Wealthy Kenyans have resorted to installing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities in their homes in efforts to better prepare themselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report by local People Daily shows that unnamed Governors and prominent businessmen have had the medical equipment installed in their private residences following a recent spike in new daily COVID-19 infections in the East African country.
Kenya is among only ten countries in Africa that have reported more than 9,000 COVID-19 infections.
The country earlier this week eased restrictions after nearly four months of a partial lockdown and nationwide curfew, causing fear from some quarters that the disease could spread even faster.
Since Monday’s announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta to reopen the country, authorities have reported 1,840 new infections and 24 deaths.
In total, the country has registered 9,726 cases and 184 fatalities.
Citing unnamed sources, the report by People Daily says some of the wealthy Kenyans that have resorted to installing ICU stations in their homes also hired private doctors to stay on standby.
As the world continues its fight against COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom has repeatedly called for a unity.
In a media briefing earlier this week, he reiterated that “the case for national unity and global solidarity is undeniable.”
“I will say it again. National unity and global solidarity are more important than ever to defeat a common enemy, a virus that has taken the world hostage,” he said.
“This is our only road out of this pandemic. I repeat national unity and global solidarity.”