Kagwe calls for more investment in research and innovation

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe is calling for more investments in research and new innovations to better deal with current and emerging health concerns.

Addressing the summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases in Kigali, the health

“Innovation is needed both in developing new tools and technologies, and in need of these tools,” Kagwe submitted.

Besides committing more resources towards the health sector, Kagwe said Kenya has adopted innovative strategies to help improve access including a better data and surveillance, use of drone technology for larval mosquito control.

He said that it was essential for regional and international players to focus on R&D and manufacturing of public health tools and commodities adding that local quality manufacturing will also help ensure stability and affordability of commodities supply.

“Now more than ever, we need to work together to eradicate malaria and NTDs, to free the capacity of our health workers to address the conditions that cannot be avoided and strengthen the resilience of our health system. We have the opportunity to put the death toll on occasion, allow our people to become more productive and ensure the growth of our countries’ economies. ” Said the health CS.

Speaking at the same forum, Dr. Lutz Hegemann, President, Global Health & Sustainability at Novartis

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