Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha has called on the Africa Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the government’s plan to boost local pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity.
Speaking on Monday November 14 during a meeting with Africa CDC acting Director Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, the CS said the Covid -19 Pandemic presented critical lessons for the country and the region to enhance its healthcare supply chain to cushion itself against possible future pandemics.
“We need to start looking at securing our supply systems. There is need to be ready in terms of emergency response and prevention,” said the CS.
The CS also acknowledged and appreciated the current partnership between the Ministry of health and Africa CDC especially in the fight against Covid-19 Pandemic.
While committing to support and continue engaging with Africa CDC, Nakhumicha called on the institution to aid the government in vaccine manufacturing which she said will benefit the African region.
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union established to support public health initiatives of Member States and strengthen the capacity of their public health institutions to detect, prevent, control and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats.