As the Corona virus pandemic continues to ravage the world,Personal Protective equipment (PPE) used in the hospitals have continued to disappear from the market as a result of high demand.
With the acute shortage, countries are no longer waiting on China the usual suppliers to supply their needs,they are taking the Bull by the horn to improvise and manufacture locally.
In Africa,which today has one of the lowest incidents of the virus, a county in Kenya has taken that leap to locally produce PPE for Kenya.
The Laikipia county Government Innovation programme partnership with Dedam Kimathi University is driving the project.
According to the release by the First Lady of the County,Maria Mbeneka,”…the partnership has seen a Rapid Results Initiative production of PPEs and other safety materials by SMEs and traders from Laikipia.
There has been training of innovators to achieve the approved medical standards. Currently we have three cohorts already at work producing and are expecting more to come on board. Mr. Maina is seen here hard at work with his team in Nanyuki producing face masks to be used in the fight against the #Covid19 pandemic.”
According to World Health Organisation (WHO),Africa is expected to be hit badly by the pandemic. Unfortunately,at the moment, many developed countries are seriously struggling with the pandemic with little or no time to pay attention to Africa.
In the circumstance,the best Africa can do is to take charge of its own destiny regarding the pandemic.
Laikipia county has taken a bold step and if that is replicated across Africa,there may be hope in the horizon that Covid-19 will not deal the expected devastating blow to mother Africa.
Anthony Atata writes from Lagos,Nigeria