Boost for the Covid-19 war as German Government donates test kits worth 42M shillings Nairobi April 7 2021

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache today received a donation of PCR test kits worth Ksh42 Million from the German Government through the German Ambassador to Kenya Annett Günther.

Speaking when she received the donations at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Nairobi, the PS said that PCR is the most reliable method of testing and tracking COVID-19 and that the kits will go a long way to help in testing and early identification of cases. “Kenya is also currently experiencing the 3rd wave of the COVID-19 characterized by emergence and spread of variant strains; this help therefore couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.” She said.

She thanked the German Government and the Aga Khan University for the continued support saying the Ministry is open for further collaboration to expand capacity and capability in genome surveillance.

Present during the handover ceremony was the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Mr. Rashid Khalani who said that the institution is ready to collaborate with the Ministry to strengthen human resource capacity in critical care.

She commended KEMRI leading  the Covid-19 testing efforts as the institution accounts for more than 60% of COVID-19 testing as  also provides critical support as a temporary warehouse of kits and reagents that require cold-chain storage and supply.

PS Health Susan Mochache, displaya certificate of donation with the Aga Khan University Hospital interim CEO Rashid Khalani

PS Health Susan Mochache display PCR test Kits presented to her by German Ambassador Annet Gunther with them is the Aga Khan University Hospital interim CEO Rashid Khalani

PS Health Susan Mochache speaking at KEMRI Nairobi when she received a donation of PCR test kits from the German government.