Kenya on Thursday launched 30 newly renovated state-of-the-art bio-medical laboratories in order to strengthen research on COVID-19, a senior government official said.
Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary for health told journalists in Nairobi that the commissioning of the facilities is part of the government’s initiative aimed at strengthening research capacity and in particular human resource and research infrastructure development in line with current and future challenges.
“While the immediate impact of the upgraded facilities is in the ongoing COVID-19 testing including mass testing, sequencing and drugs research, research in the area of stem cell and regenerative medicine, HIV/Aids, malaria and schistosomiasis are also set to benefit,” Kagwe said.
Kagwe added that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there is an urgent need for nations to escalate their research and development in order to improve their pandemic response and to prevent the drastic losses of life and livelihoods. Enditem