President Kenyatta on Wednesday gave a major boost to two youthful innovators who are behind locally manufactured hospital beds, by instructing the Government to immediately procure 500 hospital beds.
The two innovators, 26-year-old Mungai Gathogo and 35-year-old Joseph Muhinja had a memorable day, after photos of their manufactured beds circulated over the netizens, catching the attention of the Head of State.
According to the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), the beds, which are made from locally sourced material from their workshop in Githunguri, Kiambu county, will be subjected to standardization tests by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
The president sent his secretary Andrew Wakahiu, accompanied by Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga to Githunguri to assess the beds and convey the Government’s decision
“The beds will be a vital aid to public hospitals that are reeling under the pressure of COVID-19 related hospital admissions. The Government, through the Numerical Machining Complex, will also help the young entrepreneurs and other innovators with technical skills and equipment to hasten production and improve quality” Wakahiu said.
They also added that the Government will also link up local manufacturers with SME fund to raise capital for start-ups and to expand existing businesses in a drive towards the realization of the Manufacturing pillar under the Big Four agenda. Mungai and Muhinja who currently employ 7 youth promised to hire more young people to ensure the order will be delivered in one and half month’s time thus help create more jobs in the country.