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Advancing Healthcare Through Laboratories: Kenya's Path to Universal Health Coverage

Nakuru Tuesday November 7, 2023 Investments in cutting-edge equipment and enhanced training for laboratory personnel have led to more accurate diagnostics and groundbreaking research in Kenya.

Speaking in Nakuru during a National Laboratory Stakeholders meeting, Principal Secretary, State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards Mary Muthoni revealed that institution of the genomics and molecular surveillance unit has revolutionized lab systems in the country.

The PS noted that the Unit supports waste and water surveillance acting as early warning indicator of disease outbreaks leading to effective management of threats. 

"Laboratories are the backbone of scientific excellence, driving innovation, and tackling pressing health challenges. They play a pivotal role in Primary Health Care which is a pathway to Universal Health Coverage." Said the PS.

She appreciated stakeholders including Amref Health Africa in Kenya, the World Health Organization   and the US-CDC among others for complementing government efforts in bolstering the health sector   laboratory infrastructure. 

This meeting presents a unique opportunity for stakeholders at the national and county levels, research scientists, academics, and private sector partners to foster sustainable and synergistic collaboration towards strengthening lab capacities for UHC.