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IHVN organizes workshop on laboratory accreditation

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To improve the quality of laboratory services provided to tuberculosis patients in the country, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has organized a workshop on Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) in Abuja .

The one week workshop, which equipped over 20 laboratory personnel with knowledge and skills required for laboratory accreditation nationally and internationally, attracted management staff from tertiary and secondary facilities in the country.

IHVN Director Clinical Laboratory Services, Dr. Sam Peters stated that trainings have been held in batches to strengthen laboratory structures for better services to patients. “We are dealing with lives and there are minimum standards that are required of laboratories internationally. Various facilities go through this process to make sure that their activities are according to internationally acceptable standards.”

imagesDr. Peters added that the Institute has supported laboratories in 30 health facilities in the country to register for national accreditation with eight of them being prepared for international accreditation.

Participants at the workshop discussed requirements for laboratory accreditation including, laboratory testing, reporting test results and management engagement following a step-wise accreditation process.

Head of Laboratory at the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in Zaria, Mr. Isiaku Ahmadu, who participated in the workshop, stated that the meeting is to engender management support for laboratory best practices. “The involvement of the management team has brought about a solution to the challenge we are having in terms of advocacy, publicity and awareness concerning accreditation. It has broadened my knowledge about the areas that need follow-up with the management of the TB reference laboratory in Zaria.”

Deputy Director, Medical Microbiology department at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Mrs. Ogunleye Veronica, also a participant, said that it has enlightened her on the need for management support to attain the goal of accreditation for better care for patients.

Chief Medical Directors of Jos University Teaching Hospital, Asokoro District Hospital Abuja, Maitama District Hospital Abuja and the Principal of National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Center Saye Zaria were in attendance. Other Management staff in attendance include, the Assistant Directors of Medical Microbiology Department of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano and Jos University Teaching Hospital Jos respectively.

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