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Plateau Human Virology Research Centre gets accreditation

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The Plateau State Human Virology Research Center (PLASVIREC) laboratory has got international accreditation by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in recognition of its standard medical laboratory science practices and procedures.

 

PLASVIREC was initiated for the implementation of HIV surveillance, research, testing and prevention activities in Nigeria, as well as Early Infant Diagnosis, molecular techniques, clinical trials, cohort studies and provision of technical support/training.

 

Speaking recently at the technical briefing to discuss the significance of the accreditation to laboratory practice and public health programmes in the nation, the Senior Programme Officer of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Sophia Osawe, said the accreditation means that results from the laboratory is comparable to any other laboratory in the world.

Osawe who led the efforts for the accreditation, said they have prepared the facility to attain this standard through programmes involving several trainings, workshops and mentoring in collaboration with the African Society of Laboratory Medicine.

In her remarks, the Executive Director, International Research Center of Excellence and Co-founder PLASVIREC, Professor Alash’le Abimiku, said PLASVIREC is a state-of-art diagnostic and research facility, adding that they have overtime deepened on their processes such as the collection of patients sample, interpretation of tests results, HIV testing, CD4 and viral load estimation.

 

According to her, early infant diagnosis of HIV, tuberculosis diagnosis and other medical emergencies were reviewed and improved upon over several years to enable the achievement of the feat.

 

She explained that PLASVIREC was the third public health laboratory in the country to be thus accredited, after the Center for Human Virology and Genomics and (at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research) and the Jos University Teaching Hospital laboratory which have also been endorsed internationally through such accreditation.

 

Meanwhile, IHVN Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Datum said the heartwarming accreditation was through the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS), and commended IHVN and PLASVIREC staff who worked diligently to ensure that the laboratory gains international recognition.

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