, KIAMBU, Kenya, Nov 20 – The Kiambu County Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to put up a state-of-the-art research centre in the county.
The facility to be established at the Ruiru District hospital is in line with the county health strategic plan that intends to resource mobilize to better the lives of the Kiambu citizenry and curb the rising incidents of chronic and more complex diseases.
According to County Executive Member of health, Jonah Mwangi, the county has formed a research and development unit to supplement efforts by partners.
“The county will endeavour to use the available resources in an efficient manner to maximise results and more importantly to offer better medical care,” he said.
Dr Mwangi, who said that the devolved public health function was the best thing to happen to Kenyans, said that Kiambu was keen on improving residents’ livelihoods and had recently hired over 100 health workers who have already been deployed across the county.
“Health workers are at the forefront of our effort to transform the healthcare system, through the numerous roles they play across healthcare settings. We must equip them with higher skills and knowledge and so the research centre couldn’t have come at a better time!” he added.
The Sh20 million project will be funded by KEMRI.