KEMRI teams with Baraka FM to raise awareness on health issues

Kenya Medical Research Institute researchers at their laboratory in Kilifi. PHOTO file

Mombasa,KENYA:The Kenyan Medical Research Institute has partnered with Baraka Fm to raise awareness of health research and various public health concerns at the coast region.

The partnership involves the use of media platforms to help create awareness and clear out on various health issues and to help to disseminate knowledge on health education to the people.

The partnership project which will run for a year, will kick off on Thursday with a three  day Roadshow covering areas of  Mombasa, Bamburi, Shanzu, Mtwapa, Kikambala, Takaungu, Kilifi, Matsangoni, Gede, Watamu and Malindi.

The roadshow will be graced by Baraka FM presenters; Oscar Nyoha and Sammy Mwaura  accompanied by  performances from Coast musicians Susumila and Kelechi Africana.

A program christened Jukwaa la Utafiti will then begin running every Thursday  from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm and the focus will focus on the role of KEMRI and its various successful research conducted in the country .

The program will also shade light on diseases that have in past been a menace in the region like  Chikungunya and  Rift Valley fever.

KEMRI as  a state corporation is tasked with conducting of health research in the country has in the past  carried out several successful research programs including the most recent one that was  carried out in collaboration  with the Liverpool school of tropical medicine.

The research showed that   using high doses of Iverctermin on  anti malarial drugs could help fight mosquitoes.

Iverctermin is an antiparistic drug used in the treatment of  tropical diseases.