Devki Steel Mills has increased its donation of oxygen to hospitals from Sh100 million pledged last month until the country is free of Covid-19.
Nerendra Raval, the billionaire owner, said they thought Sh 100 million in oxygen would be enough to support Covid-19 patients, but with the third wave wreaking havoc on the world, they realized they needed to ramp up the donations.
He said that since the announcement that the company will provide free oxygen to hospitals, the company has given out Sh3 million worth of oxygen every day, with orders coming from nearly every county government.
“There has been an enormous rush of oxygen from all the counties as well as small and big hospitals. The queue is long and we make sure they come in shifts and that each gets their supplies. We have scaled up production of oxygen 24 hours each day to meet the demand,” he said.
He said they have also ordered 1,000 oxygen cylinders following a massive shortage in the country which will be delivered by the end of this week. An oxygen cylinder sells at Sh 3,000.
He called on those who have been receiving free oxygen from their company not to charge Covid-19 patients for the oxygen.
“If we give you free oxygen, we expect you to also not charge patients for their consumption. Like the Kiambu County, it has been treating Covid-19 patients for free,” he said.