Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) research with the title; Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Program for Controlling Morbidity, Enhancing Immunity and Physical Function for People with Severe Covid 19 In Kenya has been shortlisted by National Research Fund (NRF) for allocation of research funds.
The research is among 13 out of 350 proposals which were submitted and shortlisted by researchers to NRF.
The research, which is spearheaded by Dr. Wallace Karuguti of the Department of Rehabilitative Sciences based at College of Health Sciences, is aimed at establishing the effects of standard exercise based cardiorespiratory rehabilitation program on the immunity, morbidity and physical function of those infected by severe Covid- 19. The research is expected to enhance the quality of rehabilitation for these patients.
Dr. Karuguti will be assisted by Dr. Mwangi J. Matheri ,Dr. Nassib Tawa and Mr. Daniel Kariuki also from the Department of Rehabilitative Sciences.
Other experts who are part of the inter-collaborative research are; Dr. Namasaka Mwela of the Department of Internal Medicine, Prof. Rebecca Waihenya of the Department of Immunology, Mr. Dickson Okumu of Physiotherapy- Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Mrs. Ruth Nyaboke of Infectious Control Unit, KNH, and Mrs. Mercy Waweru of Occupational Therapy KMTC.
According to Dr. Karuguti, the adverse effects of Covid-19 have compromised patients’ cardiorespiratory fitness as a result of limited oxygen perfusion.
This he said, has necessitated the need to initiate the research in order to improve their physical capacity to be socially and economically productive.
Dr. Karuguti urged other researchers to embrace an inter-professional collaborative approach to provide quality care to patients of Covid-19 and offer safe rehabilitation for maximum health benefits.
He expressed his gratitude to the University for the support the researchers had received pledging to continue working towards the realization of the University’s mission to become a leading research institution.