Cabinet Secretary for Health, Hon. (Sen.) Mutahi Kagwe, is set to officially commission over 30 freshly renovated state-of-the-art bio-medical laboratories at the Central Laboratory Complex of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
Mr. Eric Kneedler, the Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Kenya, will also be present.
With the help of the Department of Defense, the upgraded laboratories and other critical strategic facilities such as the Sample Management and Receiving Facility (SMRF), two Multipurpose Conference Rooms, Laboratory offices, and Connector Buildings have been refurbished.
The commissioning of these facilities is part of the government’s initiative at KEMRI 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 up-graded facilities are in the ongoing COVID-19 testing including mass testing, sequencing and drugs/medicinal research, research is in the area of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, HIV/Aids, Malaria and Schistosomiasis among others are also set to benefit.