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Blistering third Covid-19 wave calls for better preparedness

5 May 2021

Dr Alex Awiti, Vice Provost at the Aga Khan University in Kenya, writes that Kenyans need enough test kits and the health workforce must have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. Kenya must ramp up intensive care unit capacity in public hospitals and must stock up on essential Covid-19 therapeutics. Supply of medical oxygen must be reliable. As schools reopen, they must have adequate supplies of water, hand sanitisers and face masks. And, more importantly, the country must ramp up the vaccination campaign prioritising at risk or vulnerable populations.