COVID-19: Nakuru to upgrade medical Oxygen production capacity to meet demand
The County Government of Nakuru is upgrading its medical oxygen manufacturing plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital to meet the high demand occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui said in the past the County had enough supply but a deficit arose with more COVID-19 patients requiring emergency oxygen in large quantities and over time.
The Governor revealed that the County had made a conscious decision to upgrade its medical Oxygen production capacity and from next week would be advertising for the upgrade bids.
“We want to produce 2,000 tonnes of medical oxygen per day. This is not just for now but also for years to come as part of our emergency planning,” he stated in an interview.
The current plant produces 1,200 tonnes of medical oxygen per day and supplies to all public and private hospitals in Nakuru and at least five neighbouring Counties.
He stated that the current COVID-19 situation in India, one of the worlds top leader in quality healthcare services, has taught humanity that no one can claim to be adequately prepared for medical emergencies.
He added that his administration was also increasing Intensive Care Unit and staff capabilities to enable the County to deal with such eventualities now and in the future.