Ministry of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has disclosed that face masks the government obtained from China to help fight Covid-19 recently failed quality checks.
Addressing the nation from Kisumu County in the daily Covid-19 updates, Mutahi noted that the face masks that failed the tests were evaluated by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs).
The CS said that locally made Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) were of high quality compared to some of the imported protective equipment and encouraged Kenyans to embrace the locally made PPEs.
Kenya had imported PPEs from China to help in the fight against the contagious virus, especially for health workers.
Sub-standard protective gear increases the risk of exposure to coronavirus, especially for frontline healthcare workers.
Kenya is also one of the African countries that received a donation of the PPEs from the Chinese business mogul Jack Ma.
However, the CS did not specify which of the PPEs received from China failed the quality checks.
In the same breath, CS Kagwe also sent a message of warning to doctors that are reportedly issuing negative certificates for deaths as a result of Covid-19.
Kagwe said that the Ministry has noted with great concern that some doctors are compromised to issue negative certificates to families whose members succumb to coronavirus to enable the families to have normal burials.
He noted that these doctors are in the private sector, adding that they are undermining the process of protecting the surviving Kenyans and exploiting the bereaved families’ emotions.
Speaking in Kisumu, Kagwe announced that Kenya recorded 599 new Covid-19 cases, which brought the total number of infections to 26, 436 by Sunday, August 9, 2020, after testing 4420 samples in the last 24 hours.
Also, 1, 062 patients, the majority of whom were in home-based care, have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours, with two more patients succumbing to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 420.