Kenya will soon stop importing Covid-19 PCR kits and malaria Rapid test Kits after the Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI), Tuesday launched the first ever locally manufactured kits for pathogen detection for the two deadly diseases.
Scientists have termed the news a milestone and a medical breakthrough with the two products approved for use by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and will go a long way in reducing the cost of treatment in the country.
The launch of the Covid-19 PCR kits, KEMCoV, and the malaria Rapid test Kits, PLASMOCHEK was presided by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Aman at Safari Park Nairobi.
The Covid-19 test will cost Sh1, 500 as compared to the usual Sh2, 000 Kenya and at least Sh5, 000 in public and private facilities respectively
Dr. Rashid Aman promised government’s support to the research institute, but at the same time challenged the researchers to seek solutions to other medical problems saying the demand for quality services from public utilities continue to increase.
The products unveiling coincided with the 12th KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health Conference which will end on Friday this week.