|Individuals from 20 African Union Member States are attending a 3-day coaching on the NCDC Nationwide Reference Laboratory, Abuja, Nigeria|
On 28 June 2022, the Africa CDC in partnership with Nigeria Middle for Illness Management (NCDC) and the African Society for Laboratory Drugs (ASLM) launched the primary in a sequence of hands-on coaching on real-time PCR-based monkeypox virus ( MPXV) analysis held on the NCDC Nationwide Reference Laboratory in Abuja, Nigeria. The coaching workshop focused 20 contributors from 20 African Union (AU) Member States: Benin, Chad, Cote d’Ivore, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
The three-day coaching workshop is designed to cowl a mix of theoretical and hands-on coaching within the assortment and dealing with of MPXV suspected specimen; isolation of nucleic acid; detection of MPXV utilizing RT-PCR assay; interpretation and reporting of outcomes for public well being interventions. Moreover, the Africa CDC in partnership with Jiangsu Bioperfectus Applied sciences Co., Ltd. will distribute MPXV RT-PCR kits to increase testing in taking part Member States.
“Laboratory testing capability is essential to increase MPXV surveillance in endemic and non-endemic nations throughout the continent. This coaching is well timed and demanding to construct and increase MPXV testing capability and functionality throughout the continent. We are going to proceed to prepare further trainings and distribute testing kits to further African Member States to be able to strengthen MPXV surveillance within the continent ”stated Dr. Yenew Kebede, Head Division of Laboratory Techniques and Networks on the Africa CDC.
Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, Director Normal of NCDC commented, “Establishing diagnostic capability for infectious ailments together with for monkeypox virus is a necessary first step in gaining the understanding required for preparedness and response. So, we’re very delighted to companion with Africa CDC to conduct hands-on coaching for 20 African nations on the RT-PCR based mostly detection of monkeypox virus. The coaching covers a variety of matters from assortment and dealing with of specimen to RT-PCR testing and reporting of outcomes to tell response and containment methods ”.
“Africa CDC will proceed to assist Member States in strengthening their capability and functionality to detect and reply to illness outbreaks. Lately, we’ve got issued a name for extra assist to Member States and elevated entry to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to restrict the unfold of MPXV. The MPXV coaching and the distribution of take a look at kits is essential to increase MPXV surveillance throughout the continent ”stated Dr. Ahmed Ogwell, Appearing Director of the Africa CDC.
The contributors are anticipated to place into observe the abilities and data gained from this coaching to increase MPXV testing and surveillance of their residence nation. Moreover, the coaching workshop will create a community of laboratory consultants to collaborate and share experience and sources in MPXV detection and response.
The coaching was coordinated and supported by means of the Africa CDC – Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI).
For extra data, contact:
Africa CDC – Africa PGI
Dr. Sofonias Tessema: [email protected]
NCDC Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, Electronic mail: [email protected]