DP Gachagua: Innovation Is Key To Kenya’s Growth Plans

Rigathi Gachagua, the deputy president, made the plea for more innovation on Friday, stating that the pharmaceutical sector could supply the nation’s need for medication with more cutting-edge technologies.

Speaking at the United States International University (USIU)-Africa’s first Kenya Healthcare Innovation Challenge Awards (KHICA), the DP noted that innovation is essential for Kenya’s development.

“The new global order necessitates significant research and innovation. People that are unwilling to innovate will fall behind. We will be able to meet our pharmaceutical needs with greater research and innovation, he said.

According to him, the government is committed to advancing research, creative thinking, and talents in order to realize Vision 2030.

“To speed up the realization of the Vision 2030, the Government continues to be committed to funding research and innovations as well as providing incubation hubs. Over the years, the Ministry of Education has sponsored the majority of our universities as innovation and incubation hubs for flagship initiatives geared toward Vision 2030, he noted.

He urged health professionals to be open to new ideas and stated that the Kenya Kwanza government was prepared to collaborate with other parties to add additional jobs for the unemployed youth.

“Science and innovation is a clear avenue in our drive as a government to create employment for our children and enhance their revenue streams,” he continued.

In order to support and develop the nation’s young researchers and innovators, the DP tasked local universities to place a greater emphasis on research and partnerships with regional and international organizations.

The Kenya UK Healthcare Alliance—KUKHA—and the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya jointly arranged the Awards.

The CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, Dr. Lucas Nyabero, University Education Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi, USIU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Margee Ensign, and Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki, who chairs the Council of Governors Health Committee, were all in attendance.

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