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President Ruto To Open Kenya’s Second Microbiology lab

President Ruto To Open Kenya’s Second Microbiology lab



President William Ruto will on Wednesday commission the country’s second microbiology laboratory.

The lab is set to go a long way in enhancing testing for microbial contamination in medical products.

The Sh100 million private laboratory run by Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) is located at Syokimau.

National Quality Control Laboratory is the only public chemical testing laboratory in the country which has been offering assistance to other pharmaceutical companies.

MEDS has only been dealing in pharmaceutical supplies to health facilities in the country and across.

It was started as an ecumenical partnership to improve accessibility to quality health care in the country.

Through its wet laboratory, it has also been conducting physical-chemical testing which is only checking whether all the pharmaceutical supplies meet the requirements in terms of active ingredients.

The commissioning now means the facility will be able to do sterility testing by membrane filtration, growth promotion test of microbiological media and microbiological assays

It will also perform bacterial endotoxin testing, microbial limit testing and bioburden testing among other tests.

Microbiology testing will, however, be limited to syrups, ointments and suspensions.

“After checking whether the products met the active ingredient requirements, we could not check whether it had microbial contamination,” head of quality service Stephen Thiongo said in an interview with Daily Nation.

The facility gives us an extended scope to be able to check that the products have required contents.”

Apart from supply chain and logistics, the company also provides quality assurance services which include prequalification of suppliers, inspection of commodities and post-marketing surveillance.

It also partners with clients to strengthen health systems by building capacity, consultancy services and offering industry-oriented solutions.

Annual training programs and facility-based training are some of the initiatives that have continued to earn MEDS a reputation as a leading healthcare partner in the country and beyond.

MEDS also has a branch in Kisumu.

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