The National Government has been asked to increase research funding to research institutions to enhance research in the country.
Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago says research institutions play a key role in providing solutions to challenges afflicting humanity.
The solutions include coming up with vaccines of various diseases.
“I urge the government to enhance funding to research institutions such as Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and other higher institutions of learning,” he said.
“This will help them to undertake research and provide solutions to the problems we are going through, for instance the novel Coronvirus which has caused a scare globally.”
Mandago (Pictured above) who is also chair of the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) challenges the universities and research institutions to incorporate herbalists in their research.
He says herbalists can provide solutions to some ailments.
“Herbalists are crucial. It only needs some collaborations with researchers to determine effectiveness of their herbs,” added Mandago.
He urged researches to take up the challenge seriously by coming up with innovations and discoveries.
Meanwhile, the University of Eldoret Vice Chancellor, Teresiah Akeng’a recently hinted on a collaboration between the institution and some herbalists in search of the Covid-19 vaccines.
Mandago bashed European countries for using African nations as Guinea pigs for trial of their vaccines.
“If we are collaborating for the good of human life in the world, we are okay but if some countries in Europe or elsewhere think that they can come and use Africans and Kenya as Guinea pigs for their vaccines, then we shall not accept,” Mandago said.
He also urged the Ministry of Health (MOH) to remain vigilant by ensuring that all vaccines imported go thorough scrutiny before they get approved for use by Kenyans.
“It seems there are people who have ill motives to reduce Africa’s population with the fishy vaccines. We cannot accept that at all,” warned Mandago.