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HIV Testing/Blood Safety Unit


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HIV Testing/Blood Safety Unit

Unit Head
Abdullahi A.
MSc

 

BACKGROUND

In its efforts to provide treatment, care, support and prevention for people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) started Blood Safety activities in 2005. These activities were facilitated through provision of laboratory equipment, consumables and supplies to ensure that all blood units for emergency transfusion are screened for HIV in all IHVN supported sites. In addition, the Unit provides supportive supervision and under the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS)-Hospital linkage program, promotes development of voluntary donor recruitment, blood screening, and utilization of screened blood from NBTS Zonal Centers in accordance with the Nigerian National Blood Transfusion Policy/Guidelines.

ACHIEVEMENTS

HIV rapid antibody testing for HIV diagnosis in individuals is provided at tertiary, secondary and primary health care facilities supported by IHVN for HTC, PMTCT, HIV/TB and clinical diagnostic services. The Unit provides supportive supervision to ensure that good laboratory practices in HIV as well as Syphilis, Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus, Cryptococcus antigen, and other serological testing are entrenched and reliable results are produced. It liaises with other units and departments within the organization such as Clinical and Community Health Departments for oversight in ensuring that these services are rendered effectively. This also includes the Strategic Information Department for data collation, Learning and Development Department to fill gaps identified in testing, Commodity Unit for steady supply of consumables and the Laboratory Quality Improvement Unit for quality assurance. The Unit also oversees the Mobile Laboratory services, that provides high-quality services. The mobile laboratory is a van designed and configured with equipment to serve as a laboratory and used to provide an array of laboratory tests on a mobile platform. The inside of the mobile laboratory van is arranged into units; CD4, Chemistry, Haematology, Serology, TB smear microscopy and Malaria diagnosis. Partec Cyflow equipment is installed for CD4, Reflotron for Chemistry, Sysmex KX 21 for Haematology, iLED microscope for TB smear microscopy.

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