Thursday, May 24, 2007

Global Bioethics: Kenya


The East African Standard (Nairobi) By Steve Mkawale

Scientists, medics and researchers in Africa now have a centre to address ethical issues their professions face.

The first regional bio-ethics centre that was inaugurated at Egerton University on Friday will address ethical issues related to medicine, life sciences and related technologies.

Science and Technology minister, Dr Noah Wekesa, described the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation sponsored project as a milestone.

'The project is a testimony to the confidence the international community has in our training institutions and a complement to Egerton University,' the minister said.

Wekesa advised students and scientists to make use of the centre. He said it would improve ethical conduct in the field of science and technology. The minister challenged students to embrace science and technology as the future of the continent depended on technological advancement.

'Science is the driving force of development that will help in elevation of poverty in Africa,' said Wekesa.

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