By Samuel Ouma
Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has expressed the government’s commitment to enhance bilateral ties with the United Kingdom to benefit the people of the two nations.
Speaking at the British High Commission in Nairobi during celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth’s second 96th birthday and platinum jubilee year, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the endeavour seeks to achieve more prosperity and sustainable partnerships between the two countries.
He said the Kenya-UK strategic partnership 2020-2025, launched in 2020 by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, targets more robust bilateral ties that reflect prevailing opportunities and challenges.
“This Strategic Partnership is guided under five (5) mutually reinforcing pillars, namely; Mutual Prosperity, Security and Stability, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and People-to-People Pillar,” said the health CS.
Citing the agreement on health cooperation signed last year, the health CS lauded the UK government for the continued support towards Kenya’s different health programs.
“Kenya and the United Kingdom have an opportunity to collaborate further through the established health partnership to expand even to develop our local manufacturing capacity,” observed Kagwe.
He said the health cooperation has expanded to cover cancer with a partnership between Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital, Kisii University and United Kingdom Institutions of Christie Foundation and the University of Manchester to skill up cancer treatment specialists.
“Kenya looks forward to continued partnership with the United Kingdom bilaterally and multilaterally to address the most urgent global challenges: ending and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, defending democratic values and open societies, and supporting peace initiatives,” said the health CS.