The MUST Council captures a moment with staff from the School of Health Sciences

The MUST Council captures a moment with staff from the School of Health Sciences

The Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) Council led by the Chairman of Council Prof. Bosire Monari Mwebi visited the School of Health Sciences on 29th October, 2021.  Other Council members present were Eng. Muriira M’Mbwiria, Stephen Kimani Gatama, Waswa Wekesa, Pauline Jeruto, Dr. Naomi Kipuri and Paul Mungai. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, was also present. The Council was welcomed by the Dean of the School of Health Sciences Mr. Gervase Miriti and faculty. Mr. Miriti appreciated the Council for visiting the School and also for the support accorded. The Council said that the faculty should work towards making MUST a Centre of Excellence in Research.  The Council appreciated the efforts by the School in Research and Community partnerships noting that the School had attracted both internal and external research funding.  Additionally, the Chairman of Council urged the School to work closely with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to strengthen the University’s bio-medical research training.  Prof. Bosire said that this collaboration would seek to support the University’s Research and innovation initiatives especially after having received a grant of over 60 million from the National Research Fund (NRF).

Some of the funded research projects include; Transmission Ecology and Risk Factors for Cystic Echinococcosis in Sub-Saharan Africa, Regional Echinococcosis Research Centre, Transmission ecology and risk factors for cystic echinococcosis in Sub-Saharan Africa, Digital Pathology and Medical Laboratory Teaching, Utilization of Health-Related Quality of Life Data to Assess the well-being of residents bordering Meru National Park-Kenya, Evaluation of Trachoma Trichiasis Surgery Performed by Nurses in Realistic Field Settings among Adults in Two Meru North Sub-Counties-Kenya, Assessment of multi-institutional model for uptake of livestock input technologies to enhance production and marketing in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALS) among many others.

The Chairman of Council encouraged the staff to participate in individual research.  He emphasized that research should be geared towards publications in peer reviewed journals as well as incubation and innovations.

State of the art equipment in the School of Health Sciences

multi-specialty laboratory

Multi-specialty laboratory

Ultra-low (-40oC ) freezers

Ultra-low (-40oC ) freezers

Tissue sectioning equipment

Tissue sectioning equipment

Gene detection system

Gene detection system