Former British Prime Minister pledges to support Kenya during a meeting with Health CS – KBC


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged to support Kenya’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19 as well as the availability of more vaccines.

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Speaking during a regular meeting with health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe, founder and chairman of the Tony Blair Institute said he would work with international partners and leaders with a view to securing more doses of vaccine for Kenya.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe reassured Blair of the country’s commitment to increase its capacity by investing in the health sector through targeted reforms.

Among the measures aimed at increasing the country’s ability to cope with Covid-19 disease according to CS include improving pipeline infrastructure within health facilities across the country, increasing local capacity to vaccinate and building more oxygen plants.

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“There were challenges in the use of reagents due to closed machines. We are now more efficient because we use faster diagnostic tools as well as the Real-time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase chain reaction to perform Covid-19 tests, “Kagwe said.

Kagwe said, as a regional center, Kenya now wants to increase genome planning capacity. This even though he asked for help to help set up the form and fill out the facility to help address uncertainty in the distribution of the vaccine.

“We have no knowledge gap. We have KEMRI laboratories producing veterinary vaccines. The only challenge can be over the filling of the bowl, ”observed CS health.

Heath CS highlighted the challenge of distributing the Covishield vaccine that is used in the country. “Africa expected 74 million Covishield doses through the covax facility. Only 12 million doses have been received so far, ”Kagwe said.

Blair pledged to support Kenya to build capacity through discussions with relevant authorities including arranging a meeting with one of the researchers who worked with Oxford University in promoting the AstraZeneca vaccine. This includes engaging world leaders on the availability of additional doses that can be sent to the country to support ongoing vaccination efforts.

Speaking at the same conference, the head of the Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control Unit Dr. Joseph Sitienei said Kenya has embraced technology by adopting digital platforms to address its health challenges. This includes the Immunization Health System, which is locally developed, and now produces Covid-19 immunization certificates.

“The government is now prioritizing the past mile to connect more hospitals with those in rural areas through a network of skills to help them undertake weak procedures, especially in remote areas,” Sitienei said.

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