KEMRI scientists must now intensify innovation of its research output in order to benefit not just Kenyans, but humanity in general, the chairman of KEMRI Board of Management, Dr. Napthali Agata has challenged.
He said that while the scientists have managed to generate significant research findings that is appropriately communicated on various platforms and publications, few are innovated into products or services.
“Our research output is indisputable, this is why KEMRI has been voted as number one research Institute in Africa by Scimago in 2019, we must now get into the next phase of innovation,” he said during the official opening of the KEMRI – JICA Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) workshop on the evening of Tuesday, 1st, October, 2019, at the KEMRI Training Centre in Nairobi. Dr. Agata pointed out that the Institute with support from partners and collaborators has gradually assembled formidable research infrastructure and human resource capacity to tackle existing and future health challenges of humanity.
He spoke fondly over the historical support the Institute had received from the People and Government of Japan through the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) from both human resource and infrastructure development to capacity building and scientific collaboration.
His sentiments were shared by most speakers among them, Acting Director General, Dr. Evans Amukoye who also welcomed to KEMRI the 14 participants from seven countries namely; Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and hosts Kenya attending the 21 days’ workshop.
Dr. Amukoye observed that the workshop themed: Strengthening Laboratory Preparedness for Building Resilience against Public Health Emergencies in Eastern Africa, presented a unique opportunity to share information and interact with on challenges of emerging and reemerging infections in Eastern Africa region.
Dr. Amukoye further stated that with scientific innovation would help the country quickly realize the fruits of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) not just for Kenya, but the entire region.
Dr. Osman Warfa from the Ministry of Health officiated in the opening ceremony that was also graced by the Deputy High Commissioner of Uganda, Mr. Nathan Ndoboua, the Head of Consular and Community Affairs from the Embassy of Eritrea, Mr. Dessale Berhane and JICA, Representative, Mr. Katsutoshi Komori. Director, Center for Traditional Medicines and Drugs Research (CTMDR) Dr. Peter Mwitari and Deputy Director, Scientific Programmes & Partnerships, Dr. Lubano Kizito also attended and officiated during the opening ceremony.
By: James Wodera