The UK High Commissioner in Nairobi has handed over $39,602 (Ksh 4 million) worth of forensic equipment to Kenya, to aid in the fight against terrorism in the region.
The equipment, which includes a portable mortuary refrigerator, mortuary tables and slats, stepladders, folding tables, folding chairs, body bags and evidence bags, was handed over at a ceremony held at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya’s largest public health facility, in Nairobi. Wednesday.
The British High Commission in Nairobi said the equipment is intended to “increase the capacity of the pathology and forensic unit, improve disaster response and support forensic investigations”.
Speaking at the ceremony, British High Commissioner Jane Marriott said: “The scourge of terrorism is a challenge we face in both our countries. We remember the victims of these attacks, from Westgate, to Riverside, to Garissa. I am happy to extend this support to Kenya, to help strengthen our common fight against terrorism.
“The role that forensic services play in the public health and safety of this country cannot be underestimated. We have heard about the challenges faced by officers in the Division of Forensic and Pathological Services, but I want to acknowledge the efforts and successes of this team despite these challenges,” said Dr. Rashid Aman, Administrative Secretary in head of Kenya’s Ministry of Health.
In recent years, terrorist attacks in Kenya have caused the death of many people and left several injured. Kenya has since stepped up its efforts to combat terrorism, with many terrorism suspects arrested and prosecuted.