EXPOSE: Ministers Buy Home Oxygen Concentrators As Hospitals Congest Over Covid-19 Surge
As COVID-19 in the capital Mogadishu rise, government officials including ministers fearing a shortage of hospital beds are stocking up on home oxygen concentrators.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Radio Dalsan that some officials bought the oxygen with some even after contracting the deadly respiratory virus.
Sources also confirmed that Southwest state parliament speaker Ahmed Fiqi is currently undergoing treatment in Ethiopia after contracting the disease.
According to the source the home oxygen concentrators costs vary between $3,500 to $4,000 with some even made locally.
The de-Martini hospital is the only hospital in the horn of the African nation fully equipped with COVID-19 equipment.
This comes barely less than two weeks after Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs of Somalia Omar Ali Roble said he contracted COVID-19 alongside 14 other people at a press conference.
The horn of the African nation on Monday received its first shipment of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
The 300,000 doses from the COVAX facility will be used to inoculate frontline health workers, security personnel, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.
As of Sunday Somalia recorded the country confirmed 244 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths in the past 24 hrs.
Total confirmed cases of the virus is now at 9,190 and fatalities stands at 367.
61 people have recovered from the diseases raising the number of recoveries to 4,230.