Kenyan businessman and billionaire Narendra Raval has donated oxygen worth up to Kshs 100 million.
The donations will go to all government hospitals all across the country. The hospitals would use oxygen in the fight against COVID-19.
Narendra Raval is the chairman of Devki Group of Companies. He becomes the first Kenyan billionaire to openly donate to the fight against the COVID-19.
Donation to all government hospitals
Narendra Raval revealed this in a newsletter addressed to the Ministry of Health and copied to Interior Ministry and COVID-19 board.
“I refer to the above matter, and as discussed in our board meeting today morning, I hereby confirm the pledge to donate oxygen up to KSHS 100 M (one hundred million) to all government hospitals throughout the country.” Reads the opening part of the statement.
Narendra Raval also revealed the picking points of the oxygen.
“Oxygen will be collected from our Mombasa, Ruiru and Athi River Devki Steel Mills Ltd factories in exchange of empty cylinders,”
Furthermore, the steel and cement mogul said that he would pledge his assets in the fight against the COVID-19.
“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,” Raval said in a tweet.
The gesture saw Narendra Raval trend for the better part of the night and early morning of 3rd April. Kenyans came out in droves to thank Raval for the wonderful gesture.
Considering that many Kenyans have been calling for more proactive actions from the country’s elite, Raval’s move pumped hope into many of them.
Ultimately, though, philanthropy cannot replace proper health care systems.
COVID-19 is crippling health systems the world over. Hence, the reality of investing in proper health systems for everyone is becoming more apparent with each devastating dawn. Thus, let’s hope we learn from COVID-19.