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President Uhuru unveils first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit

President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Thursday unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit at KEMRI in Kilifi County.

The Head of State who was on a guided tour at the research facility also confirmed the attainment of WHO prequalification of the facility to locally produce malaria medicine.

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“President Uhuru Kenyatta has today unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi County.

The Head of State, who was taken on a guided tour of the world-renowned health research facility, also announced the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for the first locally manufactured malaria medicine.” Said State House

During the day, President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the Kenya Malaria Army and unveiled the Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme as he witnessed the use of drones to map out and spray breeding sites for mosquitos.

“The President, who is the current Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), also witnessed a demonstration on the use of Drones for mapping and outdoor spraying of malaria breeding sites.

A single Drone is capable of spraying anti-malarial larvicides on 150 acres daily, a task that would take 10 days when done manually. The Kenya Malaria Army is an initiative by ALMA to end the vector-borne disease on the continent by the year 2030.” Said State House

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