Health CS signals a new era for KEMRI

Health CS Sicily Kariuki is joined by KEMRI staff for a group photo during her tour of the institution in Nairobi.

 Nairobi, KENYA 8 February 2018 – The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health Sicily Kariuki today visited the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to discuss health innovation and research capacity in Kenya.

The CS who was accompanied by the Head of Curative Services, Dr. Izaq Odongo and KEMRI acting Director Dr.Yeri Kombe toured three key research facilities at the institution namely Malaria Lab, Centre for Virus Research dubbed P3 Laboratory and Production unit.

The CS highlighted that investing in research sets out the ambitions plan the Government has to improve health and quality of life for all Kenyans.

“It is only by continuing to invest in our outstanding research talent that we can generate the sound evidence and exciting innovations upon which improvements to healthcare are based,” she emphasized.

The CS advised the institution to work towards universal health coverage, leverage on Information Communication Technologies and focus on quality and sustainable partnerships with counties to fast track service delivery in an effective and efficient way.

“KEMRI is one of the best research centres in the Africa and it is important that we harness the skills and creativity in this sector to really improve the lives of those who use the information form here,” she added.

The CS thanked KEMRI staff and researchers for the life changing work they have done and promised to support the institution to achieve its set target by 2022.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki samples products from KEMRI during her tour of the Institute in Nairobi.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki is shown analyzers during her tour at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi.