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Kenya and Tanzania pledge to strengthen collaboration in health sector


NAIROBI, Aug.6 (Xinhua) – Kenya will step up collaboration with neighboring Tanzania in the health sector to revitalize response to cross-border epidemics, officials said on Friday.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Health, said bilateral cooperation with Tanzania will boost action against infectious and non-communicable diseases affecting communities in both countries.

“We are committed to strengthening bilateral cooperation with Tanzania to further promote the health of our citizens amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kagwe said during a meeting with Tanzanian Minister of Health Dorothy Gwajima.

He said the two East African countries have launched talks on enhanced pandemic surveillance and testing at border posts to ensure the flow of goods and services is not interrupted.

According to Kagwe, other areas of collaboration include joint research, training and capacity development.

When Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received his Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu Hassan in May, the two leaders decided to promote cooperation in the health sector.

Key areas in which the two leaders agreed to strengthen collaboration included cross-border disease surveillance, vaccine research and sharing best practices in tropical disease prevention and treatment.

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