Kenya, WHO Unveil Emergency Hub Amid Land Dispute

The government of Kenya and The World Health Organization (WHO) have unveiled the construction site of a Health Emergency Hub in Nairobi despite land disputes with Kenyatta University.

The construction of the $5 million facility was formally inaugurated on Saturday by the Kenyan government and WHO, attended by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

Kenyan Minister of Health, Sen. Mutahi Kagwe said, “The Centre of Excellence and the Emergency Hub builds on Kenya’s global health security leadership and will lead to an empowered Africa which can contain outbreaks and other emergencies rapidly.”

According to WHO, A corps of 3000 elite responders from across the region will be trained with the aid of the new hub, which aims to have at least one integrated team of emergency specialists available for deployment within the first 24 hours of a national health crisis in every African nation.

The Kenyan government decided to give land allocations at Kenyatta University to the WHO and the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Emergency Hub construction.

However, Kenyatta University objected to the land allocations of the Emergency Hub, claiming it had been decided without their consent.

The vice chancellor of Kenyatta University was fired as a result of the disagreement.

President Kenyatta publicly criticized the vice-chancellor of the university and asserted that he will take swift action against anyone opposed to the land allocations.

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