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IHVN Hosts TB Gene Xpert Post-Market Validation Training


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To ensure quality diagnosis of tuberculosis using gene-xpert machines in Nigeria, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has hosted a training of about 30 laboratory personnel on post-market validation of TB gene-xpert cartridges.

The two-week training witnessed classroom and practical laboratory and warehousing sessions that validated all the gene-Xpert cartridges that will be used to test for TB in the country.

IHVN Program Manager Laboratory, Mrs. Oyebimpe Balogun said that the training and validation exercise was to certify catridges suitable for use within the country. “There are different factors that affect test results. One of them is reagents. It means that once you are sure that the kit is working well, that factor has been taken out.”

imagesNational TB Leprosy Control Programme Laboratory Scientist, Rita Akpakpan, who participated in the training said that due to the training and validation exercise, improvements would be made. “From henceforth, we’ll also see how we can coordinate such that the Gene Xpert machines would be registered with NAFDAC,” she said.

Another participant, Mr. Cletus Simon from Chemonics International, said that with the validation exercise, errors that may arise in testing have been ruled out. “We need to know the efficacy, the reliability and the accuracy that the gene xpert cartridges can produce. We discovered that the cartridges are fit to be used according to the manufacturers claim,” he said.

Participants were drawn from organizations implementing the TB program in Nigeria like FHI 360, CIHP and KNCV. There were also participants from National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme (NTBLCP), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMER).

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