Kabarak University hospital spearheads research for Covid-19 vaccines

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (C) flanked by other guests during the unveiling of the multi-billion shilling hospital complex at the Kabarak University Teaching Research and Referral Mission Hospital in Nakuru

By James Wafula in Nakuru

The Kabarak University Teaching, Research and Referral Mission Hospital will lead efforts by Kenyan researchers and scientists to find a local vaccine against the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

This has been disclosed by the Kabarak university council of governors chairman Dr John Kibosia who is also head of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine. Kibosia said in a statement that the multi-billion shilling hospital has already started vaccine trials with several respondents in collaboration with KEMRI, external health research agencies and universities in the USA.

Dr John Kibosia said so far the ‘trials were encouraging” and the country was close to finding a Covid-19 homegrown vaccine

Dr John Kibosia said so far the ‘trials were encouraging” and the country was close to finding a Covid-19 homegrown vaccine. Covid 19 still has no cure and has so far killed more than 3,000 Kenyans since the pandemic broke out in late 2019 in China.

The former CEO of Moi Referral Hospital said the university and its affiliated hospital would closely collaborate in the search for a locally affordable and effective vaccine that would save the country billions of shillings spent on importing vaccines. The Sh45 billion referral hospital was the brainchild of the late President Daniel Arap Moi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced state support for the hospital launched during the burial of Moi in 2020. “Mzee Moi had his last project; he had begun the foundation of a referral hospital. He wanted it to be a referral hospital for our mission hospitals. He, unfortunately, died before completing the project,” said Uhuru.“We have said as a government that we shall support the project together with our brothers,” he said.

President Kenyatta then announced the government would install solar energy generating facility at Kabarak whose proceeds would help complete the 500-bed state-of-the-art facility. The hospital delivers quality and affordable teaching, research, and referral services to mission health facilities in Kenya and neighbouring countries.

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