THE African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed an agreement with the Kenya government of USD 37.5 million, a loan agreement for the establishment of East African Community’s Biomedical Centre of Excellence in Kenya.

The Bank’s Regional Director Gabriel Negatu told journalists in Nairobi this week that additional funds would be disbursed to construct an Oncology centre in Uganda, Biomedical Engineering and E-health centre in Rwanda and a Cardiovascular centre in Tanzania.

“The expected outcomes include increased stock of skilled professionals in biomedical sciences as well as improved access to specialised tertiary education in biomedical sciences in EAC,” Negatu said.

He said the bank was committed to enhancing research on the rising trends of non- communicable diseases in the region.

The AfDB official noted that once the centres are operational, over 150 million EAC citizens would benefit from accredited biomedical tertiary education.

Negatu added that EAC’s private sector would benefit from skilled workforce instead of relying on foreign professionals or overseas treatments.

According to AfDB, at least 100,000 EAC citizens are currently seeking kidney, heart and cancer services outside the region.

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