$78m disease research centre to be built in Kenya

THE Kenyan government has announced plans to develop a disease research centre worth $78m following requests by the African Union and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Kenya to host the centre that will serve the entire continent.

The centre will position Kenya as a regional and continental hub in medical research and disease control and also give the country a head start in combating medical issues such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Disease research centre

As part of its support for the establishment of the centre, the Chinese government has offered to put up the 21-storey office building. Upon completion, it will provide job opportunities for Kenyans in the technical, administrative and support functions.

The local construction industry entered 2020 facing many unknowns, and experts say the fallout from the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is one more factor poised to affect construction firms. According to Reuters news agency, more than 9,000 people have died across the globe and about 219,000 have contracted the disease. Despite the uncertainty, experts predict that the pandemic will have ramifications for several aspects of the construction industry.

As part of concerted efforts by the government to protect Kenyans, during the outbreak, the Cabinet has also received and discussed a report from the National Treasury on the projected impact of Coronavirus pandemic to the economy and resolved to align budgetary allocations and other fiscal considerations accordingly.

The meeting discussed reforms at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund and directed Treasury Secretary Ukur Yattani to wind up the Strategic Food Reserve Fund within six months.

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