IHVN, NCDC train lab scientists on response to disease outbreak

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By Ummul Idris

Abuja – Institute Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) in collaboration with () has commenced a four-day training on Laboratory Quality Management Systems for laboratory specialists.

training, which will feature Management and Technical requirements ISO 15189:2012 modules, among others, is designed to strengthen participants to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks across country.

training was organised for Yellow Fever Network Laboratories across country as part of activities of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the RESOLVE to Save Lives (RTSL).

RTSL is an initiative of vital strategies working with governments in and middle income countries to improve capacity and preparedness and help the world prevent epidemics.

Mrs Bimpe Balogun, the IHVN Programme Labouratory, said the training would improve laboratory and ensure results were reliable, accurate and reproducible.

“Hopefully, this training would lead to a or international accreditation, and the result would be comparable to any laboratory in the world.

“With adequate skills and knowledge, laboratory scientists could avoid wrong diagnosis to prevent disease outbreaks.

“Infected clients can be easily identified and quick intervention made to avoid the spread of infection by more people.”

Mrs Celestina Obiekea, the Laboratory Network Adviser, enjoined participants to the advantage of the opportunity to practice whatever they have learnt afterwards.

For Mrs Josephine Ogbazi, the Head of Quality Management from Central Public Health Laboratory, Lagos, the training would improve the understanding of quality management.

She said the quality management practices would be followed, and they would be accurate and timely for planning, so can be safe.

Dr Chukwubike Chinedu from the University of Nigeria Teaching , another participant, described the training as timely, adding that it will be particularly useful to his institution’s new laboratory for yellow fever diagnosis.

He said that they need to see what others were doing to be able to quality result that would be integrated into the network.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants were drawn from the Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa, and Central Public Health Laboratory, Lagos.

Others are from Maitama District , Abuja; University of Benin Teaching , Benin; University of Nigeria Teaching , Enugu; and Yusuf Dan Tsoho Specialist Hospital, .

IHVN is implementing the RESOLVE sub-grant, spearheaded by Principal Investigator and Executive Director Laboratory Services, Prof. Alash’le Abimiku.

Its aim is to facilitate capacity reinforcement activities that will strengthen and expand existing and regional laboratory systems and networks.