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West Africa: WAHO wants to build laboratory capacity • Rewmi.com



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The opening ceremony of the ECOWAS audit workshop on the gradual process of laboratory improvement took place yesterday in Dakar. Speaking on this occasion, the representative of Senegal from the World Organization for Health in West Africa (WAHO), Dr. Abdourahmane Sow, said he would like to considerably improve the capacity of laboratories.

The World Organization for Health in West Africa (WAHO) wants to significantly improve the capacity of public health laboratories. He was his representative in Senegal, Dr. Abdourahmane Sow, who made the announcement yesterday at the opening ceremony of the ECOWAS auditors' workshop on the gradual improvement process for laboratories. A meeting marked by the presence of 24 selected participants in twelve countries of ECOWAS. He said: "I would like to point out that (…) OAAS, the body that manages health problems in the fifteen countries of ECOWAS, has initiated this training as part of a comprehensive program to strengthen the capacities of public health laboratories in West Africa." According to him, this training session is only a first step that will continue as the objective is to have laboratories that provide reliable results. This, he says, goes through a gradual process that begins with auditors capable of supporting laboratories to implement this program, but also to accompany them to accreditation through tutoring, training, etc. At the same time, the training facilitator and representative of the UEMOA countries in the audit of laboratories, or Dr. Samba Diallo, said that currently, laboratories are implementing a quality management system in services. For this, informs, OAAS, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), is in the process of this program, to allow countries, to have audits certified by ASLM (African Society of Medical Laboratories that is headquartered in Addis Ababa) . It must be said that the ultimate goal pursued through this process is, according to him, to demand international recognition called accreditation. "This is beneficial for people in the area and for all people who reside with us because the results of the laboratory will be reliable, productive and timely. And that is what the patient wants," he concluded.

Sheikh Moussa SARR

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