Preparing for the next health pandemic
It has only been a few months since I vacated my post of the Cabinet Secretary for Health in my country, Kenya. I was appointed just when the world was gearing up to fight the novel disease, Coronavirus. I had barely gotten settled in my new job when the first case of the disease was reported in Kenya (March 2020).
Like a sudden storm, I found myself, learning the emergency drills to a health response while at the same time preparing the country against a disease we knew barely anything about. To our advantage though, the delayed arrival of the virus allowed us to observe how the rest of the world was managing, particularly those countries severely paralyzed by the contagion. It was my role to lead Kenya in developing our own appropriate emergency response to what was arguably the greatest health challenge of our generation.
Our strategy included the deliberate initiative to forge a unified Government approach under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta which…