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Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense Collaborate to Strengthen National Emergency Response

Nairobi, Kenya - 16th January 2024 - In a significant move towards fortifying national emergency response capabilities, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This collaborative effort signifies a comprehensive strategy covering research partnerships, resource utilization, personnel exchange programs, educational initiatives, and preparedness for national emergencies.

During the signing ceremony, Mr. Harry Kimtai, the Principal Secretary for the State Department for Medical Services at the Ministry of Health, highlighted the substantial potential the MOU holds for the future of healthcare and national security. Dr. Patrick Amoth, representing the Ag. Director General of Health, emphasized the commitment of both entities to the well-being of Kenyan citizens.

The collaboration extends to critical areas such as research on infectious diseases, resource use agreements, and personnel exchange programs, showcasing a holistic strategy to tackle the multifaceted challenges in human health and security.

Notably, the emphasis on climate change research and satellite surveillance as early warning systems reflects a forward-looking approach to public health.

Β Mr. Kimtai acknowledged the collective efforts that led to the MOU's signing and pledged the Ministry's dedication to planning and executing the agreed work plans.

He expressed optimism about the transformative potential of the collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Ministry of Defence.

Β Hon. Patrick Mariru, the Principal Secretary of Defense, applauded the strategic convergence of military and medical expertise. He foresees the MOU creating a synergy between professionals in the military and research fields, fostering a cadre of experts to protect and impact the nation's health.

Β The collaboration's holistic government approach aims not only to establish satellite surveillance centers but also to address emerging and re-emerging infections, particularly those posing a threat to national security through cross-border transmissions.