The Children’s ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital

 Mzuzu-(MaraviPost)—The Ministry of Health (MoH) and National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) have awarded grants to 12 researchers in the country to find problems that healthcare workers and environmental workers face in their day to day operations.

Half of the grants have been awarded to the health system operations research while the other half has been awarded to the renewable energy and agriculture biotechnology.

Speaking during the awarding ceremony Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said research in the ministry of health is a backbone of policies that are formulated by health experts.

“They have given grants to six researchers from our ministry; these are different doctors and their topics are well thought and they will really assist us because they are looking at the experience of health workers who are working on the Covid-19 pandemic. But they are also looking at how we can manage our data,” explained Chiponda.

Commenting on the development, deputy minister of Education Science and Technology, Madalitso Kambauwa Mbirima, said research plays a big role in making informed decisions.

“Research can inform issues in agriculture, can inform issues in health, can inform issues in even education itself. But research, like I said, is very very important in informing policy makers as well as politicians,” said Mbirima.

On his part, Chairperson of Scientific Awards Committee at the National Commission for Science and Technology, Chomola Mikeka, said research allows technocrats to produce reliable results.

 “These researchers, we have confidence, that in a local time, they should be able to produce results and we may also have a forum to attest to what they have produced with the funding they have received,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries of the grants, Grace Mzumara, touted the importance of grants on her expertise within the health field.

Mzumara said: “We want to show how important it is to have reliable health information systems that help you know on time vital statistics and simple things like deaths and births. We need to create a system where it is very quick and very easy to know and get the data.” The grant which is worth K166 million has been awarded by an initiative consortium of funders.

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