The government has ordered for the procurement of 100,000 Covid-19 body bags, in what is described as preparations for a “worst-case” scenario.
The development comes as the country is heading to its peak and looking at a possible increase in the number of deaths from the coronavirus disease outbreak, with the numbers currently showing 16,268 infections and 274 deaths. On Friday, an additional 11 people succumbed to the virus in 24 hours.
In a memo seen by the Sunday Nation from the Ministry of Health to Kenya Medical Supplies Agency, the bags have to be doubled bagged and be made with heavy-duty vinyl Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic bag.
The bag, which is for the adult size, 40 by 90 inches of 0.4 millimeter thickness, must have an envelope zipper and should be preferably white in colour.
Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) chief executive Jonah Manjari Mwangi says the agency is waiting for approval from the Health ministry to start the process of procuring the body bags.