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National Biosecurity Workshop for Kenyan Universities

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Maseno University hosts Biosecurity Workshop for Kenyan Universities.

A Biosecurity workshop for Kenyan Universities aimed at providing an opportunity to strengthen biosecurity awareness by focusing on staff, students and researchers in life sciences is taking place at Kisumu Hotel.

The workshopwhose theme is: “Awareness raising on biosecurity in Universities for biological threat reduction”is organized in partnership with the Commission for University Education (CUE), the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) and the Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparadness (CBB), Denmark.

Prof. Joseph Chacha, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Partnerships, Research and Innovations while officially opening the workshop said that as a Fountain of Excellence, Maseno University purposely engages in teaching, research and outreach as it’s core activities embodied in the institution’s vision and mission statements. “Universities contribute to the bulk of life science students and researchers who are the future professionals.

With the core functions in teaching, research, and community outreach, universities must continuously play a crucial role in biosecurity awareness raising,” he said. Given their geographical placement, universities may help to unpack information on laboratories and facilities, which handle pathogens of concern. Universities are entering into working collaborations with the county government laboratories on detection, identification and differentiation and typing of microorganisms causing various diseases. Some of the universities that have hosted such workshops are Kenyatta and MasindeMuliro Universities.


Prof. Joseph Chacha (2nd from left) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Partnerships Research and Innovations in consultation with some members of the workshop organizing team.


Dr. Roy-Mugiira, Director Technical Services, NASCOTI addresses participants during the workshop.

 

Prof. Joseph Chacha (2nd from left) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Partnerships Research and Innovations in consultation with some members of the workshop organizing team.