Devki Steel Mills has come to the aid of Kenya again as the government battles a shortage of oxygen in health facilities as Covid-19 infections ravage Kenya in the pandemic’s third wave.

In a statement on Monday, Devki Group of Companies chairman Narendra Raval pledged to donate oxygen to all the government and county hospitals across the country.

“Oxygen will be collected from our Mombasa, Ruiru and Athi River Devki Steel Mills Ltd factories FREE OF CHARGE in exchange of empty cylinders,” Raval said in the statement.

This is the second time Devki has come to the government’s aid in delivering oxygen for use by patients who have been overcome by serious cases of Coronavirus in health facilities.

In April last year, Devki donated oxygen worth Sh100 million to all the government hospitals across the country, a month after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

This comes hours after Heath CS Mutahi Kagwe appealed to entities and institutions holding on to oxygen cylinders to release them for use by Covid-19 critical patients, coming as 18 more patients succumbed to the virus raising the death toll to 2,135 in Kenya.   

This comes as 137 people are admitted in ICU facilities in various hospitals across the country, with 91 being on supplementary oxygen as serious cases continue to pile up. 

902 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising total cumulative infections to 131,116.