JKUAT COHES Research team (DHARC) Visits Revital Health care
Posted on: October 27, 2022
The JKUAT COHES Research team (DHARC) led by Prof Simon Karanja, visited Revital Healthcare EPZ Limited, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in Kikambala, Kilifi County on Tuesday 25th October 2022. Revital is expected to supply JKUAT with 50,000 COVID-19 Ag-RDT. These test kits are to be used in the COVID-19 devolved testing project that is taking place in the 4 counties of Mombasa, Machakos, Kajiado and Nairobi. The company has also generously donated 2,500 Malaria Ag-RDT test kits and some PPEs for JKUAT use in a select county. Revital specializes in the manufacturing of diagnostics kits (COVID-19 and malaria AgRDT kits), non-pharmaceutical commodities such as syringes and needles, vacutubes, cannulas, catheters among others. One of their world-renowned products is the VAYU-BCPAP which is not powered by electricity. This device is used in assisted breathing of neonates.
The DHARC-JKUAT team was received by the Director, Sales, Marketing and Research and Development of the company, Mr. Roneek Vora and Ms Krupali Shah the Technical Director. Mr. Vora gave a presentation on the company. The presentation included the founding of the company and its current organizational structure, its current and future range of manufactured products, partnerships (local, regional, continental, and global), product and company certifications and consumer markets. Ms Krupali Shah also gave a presentation on the range of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products that are manufactured by the company and demonstrated the use of the VAYU-BCPAP.
The DHARC-JKUAT team was given a tour of the entire factory and shown the various manufacturing sections and processes. The team visited the diagnostic manufacturing and assembling section where they saw the assembly of the COVID-19 Ag-RDT test kit cassette.
The DHARC-JKUAT team thanked the management of Revital for their hospitality and generous donation of the Malaria diagnostic kits. Prof Karanja stated that these kits would be used in a county that is malaria endemic. The Revital team assured the DHARC-JKUAT team of the timely delivery of the COVID-19 test kits so as ensure that the projected is implemented on schedule and the continued collaboration and partnership. The management offered to host JKUAT students who would like industrial attachment and internship at the company.
The DHARC-JKUAT team included, Dr. Reuben Thuo, the Principal of the College of Health Sciences, JKUAT, Prof Fred Wamunyokoli and Dr. Jane Aduda, both members of the DHARC team.