NAIROBI, Kenya has won the bid to host the Regional Collaborating Centre for the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Ministry of Health here said.
The African Centre for Disease Control is one of the mainstream centres being set up by the African Union (AU) to deal with future outbreaks of infectious diseases.
The announcement of Kenya’s hosting rights came a day after disease surveillance experts drawn from 14 countries within the Eastern Africa region met in Nairobi as part of an AU delegation to discuss the operational arrangements for the regional centre.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu attended the meeting.
Mailu reiterated Kenya’s commitment to the aspirations of the Africa CDC in building the continental capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks in a timely manner.
He also lauded the role played by the African Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in responding to disease outbreaks and emergencies, urging member countries to work together to improve surveillance systems in order to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK