KEMRI establishes bio-science center at Pwani university

Pwani University vice Chancellor Professor Mohamed Rajab giving out his speech during the launch of Bio-science Research Centre on Tuesday PHOTO DAVID NGUMBAO

Kilifi,KENYA:Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) welcome trust in collaboration with Pwani University has rolled out a Bio-science Research Centre at the University.

The Centre is set to make research on various diseases and Agriculture in the County.

Among the diseases targeted is Malaria which is one of the killer diseases in the County and entire Country which has got no vaccine yet.

Speaking during the launch at the Pwani University on Tuesday, Dr. Sam Kinyanjui, Head of Research Institute at Kemri said the move will help science students in research on  various medical related issues.

“We are here today to launch this international standard Bioscience research Centre which will help our science students get helpful skills and knowledge appertaining research,” Dr. Kinyanjui said.

“The first disease that has been giving scientists sleepless nights is Malaria which is one of the killer diseases in the Country but mostly Kilifi and Kisumu counties. This disease has no vaccine up to date,” he added.

The university’s vice chancellor Professor Mohamed Rajab said the Centre will help scientists to make research on issues pertaining Agriculture due to  climate change and varying weather conditions.

He said the standard of the research Centre is international and will help  scientists from other regions to carry out research.

“This research Centre is of international standards and has the capacity of up to 8 scientists to carry out their research at the same time,” Professor Rajab said.

“Currently we have up to 300 different Science faculty students and this will help them get the required knowledge and skills in accordance with their careers,” he added.

The construction and furnishing of the Centre is estimated to have cost Kshs. 150 Million.