The first West African Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Mobile Laboratory Operations for Disease Outbreak Response opened on Monady at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo.
The Guest Speaker, Stephen Gunther, said the workshop was to train professionals from seven West African countries — Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Republic of Benin and Congo Bravavile – on use of Mobile Laboratory in diagnosing Hemorrhagic fever and other forms of fever.
Gunther said Mobile Laboratory was designed at the Lassa Fever centre of the hospital to reduce the laboratory for diagnosing hemoragic fevers to a box, which only allowed human hands through protective gloves for tests.
He said the technology used in the laboratory was also to reduce the maximum number of persons carrying out tests to four and results produced faster.
He further explained that the Mobile Laboratory was also designed to reduce the risk of infection by health workers.
The hospital Chief Medical Director, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, said that the training would create avenue for Irrua Specialist Hospital to showcase some of the skills it possessed to some African countries.
According to him, the vital knowledge and skills will help to save lives all over Africa.
He added that ” the effort will tackle disease outbreaks. As you know, there is an ebola outbreak in DR Congo, more recently, it has been reported in Uganda and there was a scare in Lagos State last week.
“But when we are able to deploy mobile laboratory, mortality will reduce greatly.
“The technology will be used for quick and effective diagnosis of Lassa Fever and Ebola virus which claimed lives in some west African Countries.”
Gov. Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, tasked participants to ensure domestication of lessons learnt in combating outbreaks in their various countries.
He also tasked participants on the need for clean and hygienic environment to reduce breeding grounds for diseases.
Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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