REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Covid-19: Emergency preparedness and response post pandemic.

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache on Monday held discussions with World Health Organization Regional Emergency Director for Africa Dr. Abdou Salam Gueye as efforts to deal with post coronavirus pandemic shocks intensify.

Speaking during the deliberations, the two leaders reflected  on the ongoing COVID-19 response efforts and Emergency Preparedness and Response post the pandemic in Kenya and the region.

The officials noted that there is need for African Countries to build capacity for emergency response to ensure self-sufficiency and effective response to future health pandemics.

Gueye said WHO is planning to set up systems for genome sequencing in the region later in the year with one slated for Nairobi. The PS welcomed the move saying it will boost ongoing government efforts to better deal with future pandemics. This she said will further enhance the country’s early detection of variants and enable targeted response.

Gueye also revealed plans by WHO to setup Emergency Preparedness and Response training hubs in Eastern and Southern Africa with Kenya likely to host the East Africa centre.