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IHVN Presents CDC donated Laboratory Equipment to DASH

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To prevent the transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases through transfusion of blood and blood products, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has presented 47 laboratory equipment, reagents and consumables to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia.

The laboratory equipment, donated by the US Government through the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (USCDC) and IHVN, include Eliza Reader and Washer,Multi-Scan FC and Blood Bank Equipment.

IHVN Director Clinical Laboratory Services, Dr. Sam Peters, who made the presentation at the hospital premises said that DASH was chosen as one of the five beneficiaries of the donation by USCDC after an assessment carried out in the six geopolitical zones. “DASH was selected due to the number of blood pints donated and from the assessment; the hospital has good infrastructure, stable light supply and human resources who are willing to serve beyond the call of duty.”

imagesDr. Sam Peters urged the management of the hospital to explore ways of supporting the equipment and revolving funds to ensure that the services continue for the benefit of patients in the facility, the entire state and neighboring states.

While receiving the equipment, Honorable Commissioner for Health, Nasarawa State, Dr. Rosalinda Kera said that the government would utilize the equipment to guarantee safe blood transfusion as it manages HIV patients and other related cases. “We are no doubt convinced that the effective utilization of these donated items will go a long way in achieving a near zero transmission of HIV through blood transfusion in the state.”

Dr. Kera, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Haruna Wakili, said she will continue to provide the needed leadership for safe blood transfusion services in the state. “The State Specialist Hospital will continue to serve as a hub for safe blood transfusion services to other hospitals and health centers and also spear head research opportunities.

Chief Medical Director of the facility, Dr. Hassan Ikram, expressed appreciation that his facility was chosen to house the equipment in North-Central Nigeria. “As you can see, this hospital is located in a very densely populated area in Nasarawa State . In Lafia, in particular, we do not have any General Hospital so all the burden is in DASH and it covers half or more than half of the state. Any help that we can get to improve the quality of our services is appreciated. We can assure you that we will put all the equipment to good use,” he said.

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