Mutua calls for set up of special budget for Coronavirus research

Written By: Claire Wanja
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“I challenge our researchers, and especially our university professors and research doctors to come up with a cure or vaccine for coronavirus,” said Dr. Mutua.

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has requested President Uhuru Kenyatta to allocate a start-up budget for COVID-19 cure research and to set up a special team of top multi-sectoral scientists and other relevant persons to lead the research.

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In a statement Thursday, the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party Leader Mutua says each county can also motivate its scientists and galvanize a mindset of research towards solving the Coronavirus pandemic.

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“Coronavirus will not cure itself. What we are doing now is managing the spread and this can go on forever. Therefore finding a cure, a vaccine, or drug combination that stops it is critical. In line with my challenge to our academics and researchers, I urge that as a country, we set a special BUDGET for Covid-19 research so that our scientists can concentrate in the labs to come up with solutions.” He said.

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“Let us utilize the brains we have – and start with those ones already doing something with the little they have because they have the winning attitude. We are capable. Someone once said that “your legs will only take you as far as your brain can go.” He added.

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He challenged all to think beyond social distancing and washing hands, even though they are vital.

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“We have to think and work towards a permanent solution while preventing and slowing down the spread of the virus. That I believe, is the smart and proper thing for us humanity to do.” He noted.

Kenya has so far confirmed a total of 110 positive Covid-19 cases.

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