Mount Kenya University has purchased a Real-Time PCR machine, which will be used for detecting COVID-19. Mount Kenya University becomes the first university in the region to acquire the machine.
According to the People Daily, the machine which is yet to arrive in the country has been acquired at a cost of Ksh15 million and is set to be a game changer for the University in terms of guaranteeing student health and safety during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Ours is a commitment to the student population and the society at large that we want to ensure we can test all our students for the virus, at any time. We not only want to have the ability to test, but also impart skills to our medical students on how this is done since COVID-19 will be with us for a long time,” said MKU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Jaganyi.
“We are also considering extending the service to the community at a very reasonable rate, this being part of our corporate social responsibility to the society,” added the VC.
Currently, there are 34 medical institutions in Kenya that have approved PCR machines. Some of the institutions charge as high as Ksh10,000 for COVID-19 test.
The machine acquired by MKU has been imported from China, through TBG biotechnology corporation.