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Kenya: 5,000 health workers and $50m World Bank loan

Kenya will hire 5,000 skilled health workers at the county level to prepare for the growing number of coronavirus cases that have risen to 110 today.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe directed county commissioners and boarding schools to prepare for any eventuality by creating an additional 1,000 beds for quarantine.

“I urge all counties to heighten their level of preparedness,” he said.

Kenya also secured a $50m loan from the World Bank yesterday to increase the government’s ability to finance the production of sanitisers, protective gear for medical personnel and scale up bed capacity, the health secretary said. 

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