The World Bank said it has committed 6 billion shillings (60 million U.S. dollars) to help combat coronavirus in Kenya which has confirmed three cases so far.
The World Bank Kenya said the funds will be used to enhance surveillance, laboratory services, isolation units, equipment, supplies and communication to help mitigate COVID-19. “The World Bank has committed 60 million U.S. dollars to help the Kenya government respond to COVID-19, including 50 million dollars from COVID-19 financing facility and 10 million dollars from contingency emergency response component of transforming health systems for universal care project,” said the World Bank on Monday on Twitter.
The funding comes as health authorities are isolating three more coronavirus (COVID19) suspected cases. Cyrus Oguna, the Kenyan government spokesperson said the three have done tests and are awaiting results while 14 other cases are under quarantine. Kenya has so far announced measures including the closure of all learning institutions to help minimize the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.