CS Mutua: Kenya to Start Producing Anti-Snake Venom

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In an effort to reduce dependency on imported anti-snake venom, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has said that it will invest in the production of the medication.

Alfred Mutua, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said during a familiarization tour at the Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) in Naivasha that although Kenya is capable of producing anti- snake venom domestically, it has been importing the medication in large quantities from South Africa and India.

Mutua continued, saying that the government will spend Sh268 million to build a cutting-edge laboratory at WRTI in order to advance research and offer regional answers to pressing problems. Mutua has pledged to transform the tourist and wildlife sectors.

With the exception of elephants, whose numbers have been increasing, the CS claimed that the consequences of climate change and human-animal conflicts have resulted in a decline in the population of wildlife in recent years.

Mutua claims that 68% of wildlife is found outside of restricted areas and national parks, which has contributed to an increase in incidents of conflicts between people and wildlife.

According to the CS, the ministry will shortly launch a public awareness campaign to educate people on how to live in harmony with wildlife and prevent future confrontations.

David Nkedianye, the chairman of the WRTI board, praised the institute’s decision to establish a state-of-the-art laboratory and mentioned that samples have been sent outside for examination.

According to him, the facility’s construction will save money and time, which will accelerate research through greater productivity.

As the only organization in the nation dedicated to wildlife research, WRTI director Patrick Omondi praised the Tourism Promotion Fund for funding the school’s facility improvements and emphasized the organization’s commitment to providing top-notch instruction and research.

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