CAS Ababu: Kenya and India to deepen ties, bolster health

The Kenyan government will continue benefiting from India’s health expertise in the face of COVID-19 pandemic and other existing diseases, this is according to Foreign Affairs CAS Hon. Ababu Namwamba, EGH

Speaking at KEMSA warehouse in Embakasi when he joined the MOH and other Government agencies in receiving medical consignment of human drugs from the Government of India, CAS Ababu reiterated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs remains committed to support the Health Ministry and other Government efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and other existing diseases to ensure a healthy nation.

“As you are all aware, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the health safety and economic well-being of all countries across the globe, Kenya and India included.” Said CAS Ababu

The assorted drugs valued at Ksh.26 million comes barely 3 months after a similar donation of HIV-AIDS drugs in May this year will go long way to enhance Kenya’s capabilities to manage other ailments that threaten the health safety of Kenyans besides Covid-19.

He thanked the Government of India through the Charge d’ Affairs for the donation, a clear demonstration of the long-standing friendly and historical relations and high-value cooperation between Kenya and India, both at bilateral and multilateral levels and complemented by people –to-people contacts particularly in business, ICT, tourism, culture, sports education, health and many other areas.

CAS Ababu noted that India has also supported Kenyatta National Hospital with a cancer machine and provided drugs worth millions of shillings in the past as well as short courses training for Kenya’s health workers and other health experts in India, a demostration that Kenya India ties are at their best, and will deepen further.

He also thanked the Government of India for the support given to Kenya’s High Commission in New Delhi in facilitating the evacuation of ailing Kenyans to return home from various cities of India where they had gone for training when the Indian airspace was closed during the height of the pandemic in May.

CAS Ababu was accompanied with his Health Counterpart Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, India’s Charge d’ Affairs, KEMSA directors among other senior government officials.

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