President Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed the government to procure 500 beds from two youthful innovators behind locally manufactured hospital beds.The two innovators Mungai Gathogo, 26 and Joseph Muhinja, 35, now have a month and a half to deliver the beds following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal intervention.
According to Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) Secretary Andrew Wakahiu the beds made of locally assembled material will be subjected to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) protocols on their suitability for hospital use. The President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) who visited the two in Githunguri said the purchase of the beds will be a vital boost to public hospitals currently reeling under the strain of COVID-19 admissions.
Wakahiu added that the locally manufactured bed features; standard hospital design including a reclining frame, height adjuster and a retractable serving extension, and features a portable gas cylinder, a drip stand, and is easy dismantle for ease of transportation.
The order comes as a major boost with many public hospitals running out of beds after the pandemic patients took up majority of those available.
According to PDU boss, they have sold one bed to a home-care client and employed seven people. The bed retails at around Ksh.65,000 while the cheapest imports are sold at the Ksh85,000 .
The orders by President Uhuru Kenyatta come after their innovation that has been trending in social media was brought to his attention. The duo had previously tried their business luck with local production of sanitizers and masks.