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Firm rolls out pre-fabs building tech for Covid isolation centres

Mabati Rolling Mills chief executive officer Andrew Heycott
Mabati Rolling Mills chief executive officer Andrew Heycott during an interview at KAM offices in Nairobi on January 21, 2019. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM) has rolled out prefabricated building technology that can be deployed to fast-track construction of isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients.

MRM chief executive Andrew Heycott said the new technologies can enable Kenya build the facilities faster thereby easing congestion at local hospitals.

He spoke when he launched a Sh25 million isolation project at Tigoni Hospital in Kiambu that will be ready for use in the next two-and-a-half months.

“The speed of setting up is critical to increase the county’s capacity to handle the growing Covid-19 cases and we have factories that can develop pre-engineered steel building structures within a short notice for subsequent installation anywhere in Kenya,” he said.

Kiambu Governor James Nyoro welcomed the project jointly funded by MRM, the county government and Kiambu Covid-19 response team, saying the facilities would be adequately equipped.


“Kiambu continues to receive Covid-19 patients from Nairobi and this is putting a strain on our health facilities. The expansion of Kiambu Covid-19 centre in Tigoni will relieve the pressure on our health facilities that are not fully equipped to handle Covid-19 cases,” said Mr Nyoro.