544 new cases recorded as KEMSA hit by PPE procurement scandal

KEMSA CEO Dr Jonah Manjari (r). [Photo courtesy]

The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Kenya rose to 22,597 after 544 new cases were confirmed on Monday.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said that 2,653 samples were tested in the last 24 hours bringing the total tested samples to 318,376.

Of the 544 new cases, 499 are Kenyans and 45 are foreigners. 315 are male and 229 are female.

The youngest is one year old and the oldest is 84 years.

As of ages, the youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 84-years-old.

Sadly, 13 more people died, ten of them reportedly due to complications from underlying conditions. 

Some 263 people were discharged. The total recoveries are now 8,740.

As cases continue increasing, the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) found itself on the receiving end following investigations revealing that it procured Personal Protective Equipment at double the price.

Investigations into the scandal detail the prices for PPE kits were inflated and doubled.

According to investigations by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), most of the tenders were awarded to newly-registered companies which did not satisfy the procurement board that it was able to fulfill the obligations of the tender.

KEMSA CEO Dr Jonah Manjari was two weeks ago was at pains in explaining this to Parliament’s Health Committee.

In defence, he said that the high cost was occasioned by the market prices at the time for quality PPEs.