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Uhuru unveils first locally made malaria rapid diagnostic kit

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit.

The kit was unveiled at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi County. President Kenyatta also announced the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for the first locally manufactured medicine to treat those with the disease.

He also flagged-off the Kenya Malaria Army (KMA) and unveiled the Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme after taking a guided tour of the world renowned health research facility. Uhuru is the current chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).

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One of the drones that will be used in spraying mosquito breeding sites. A single drone can spray 150 acres per day. PHOTO/PSCU

During the occasion, he also witnessed a demonstration on the use of drones for mapping and outdoor spraying of mosquito breeding sites. “A single drone is capable of spraying anti-malarial larvicides on 150 acres daily, a task that would take 10 days when done manually,” says the President’s communication team in a statement posted on social media.

The KMA is an initiative by ALMA to end the vector-borne disease on the continent by the year 2030.

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