Universities have role to enhance biosecurity

A musical concert in honour of the victims of the Garissa University College attack was held in Nairobi on April 14, 2015. Universities should complement government's efforts in reducing threat of biological threats. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A biosecurity survey carried out in 2015 found that laboratories in Kenya store at least 16 dangerous biological pathogens with less than half of them keeping an inventory

  • It also been reported that dangerous biological agents had disappeared from their stores without trace.
  • Experiences from countries such as Denmark show that life-science universities play a key role in that endeavour.

  • Universities educate lab personnel and are essential in fostering a strong biosecurity.

As Kenya pursues its multi-sectoral approach to the fight against countering violent extremism and terrorism, just like we have asked of other segments of the society, what is the contribution of universities and other researchers in the efforts?

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