The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) has awarded three laboratories in the country the International Standard Organisation (ISO) accreditation certificates for complying with international standards of services. The laboratories are 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital Laboratory, Clina Lancet Laboratories and El-lab Laboratories all located in Lagos. The certificates are for their conformity to the requirements of ISO 15189: 2012 quality management system standard, which is an internationally acceptable standards requirement. Presenting the certificates to the recipients in Abuja, acting registrar of the council, Mr Tosan Erhabor, said the three facilities had put in tremendous amount of work and aligned themselves with the vision of the quality management system (QMS). He said: “By granting them the mark of quality,
the council is putting its reputation on the line and affirming that their processes and procedures are in line with global best practices. Therefore, as the facilities bask in the euphoria of the feat that they have achieved, we urge them to always remember that getting to the top is one thing but remaining there takes a lot of hard work and determination, discipline and diligence. “Therefore, your professional conduct must be patient-centred, while the results from the facilities must remain unequivocal, accurate and reliable,” he said. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole stated that healthcare delivery was incomplete without medical laboratory services and medical laboratory scientists. Represented by Dr Wapada Balami, Director Hospital Services, Adewole said with the accreditation, testing of samples would be done in the country rather than taking them outside.
Tanzania: Cervical Cancer Vaccine for Teens in the Pipeline
The government through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children will start providing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-vaccines to girls aged 9-13 years from next year in an effort to scale-up cervical cancer prevention and control strategies in the country. Speaking during the occasion to hand-over cervical cancer screening treatment equipment including 15 crythrlerapy machines and one cold coagulator donated by Pink Ribbon and Red Ribbon (PRRR) organisation, Health minister Ummy Mwalimu yesterday noted that HPV-vaccines would help to reduce the number of deaths of women diagnosed with cervical cancer. “Cervical cancer is the most common cause of cancer related deaths amongst women in Tanzania and it accounts for one third (33 per cent) for all annual new cancer cases admitted at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute,” she noted. “The assistance provided will therefore enhance the capacity of our screening and treatment facilities to ensure every woman is screened and treated in a single visit. One equipment cost at least USD 1500,” she added. She noted, Tanzania was amongst countries with highest cervical cancer burden with incidence rate of 51 per 100, 000 women and mortality rate of 38 per 100, 000 women; hence the figures are the highest among east African countries.She also noted that her ministry in collaboration with other partners was working to bridge the gap to scale-up cervical cancer screening and treatment services. “To begin with, we plan to scale-up cervical cancer screening and treatment in ten regions with low coverage. In those regions, three councils will be selected and within the council, three facilities will be equipped and their staff trained in providing cervical cancer screening and early treatment services,” she noted.
2. Uganda Christian University to start medical school next year
Uganda Christian University, a Church of Uganda founded institution, will in May next year start a medical school to train health professionals.
The Vice Chancellor, Canon John Senyonyi, has said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the Mengo Hospital that the 19-year old private institution will start with about 50 students offering Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and other 20 students offering dentistry. “We are working towards beginning in May 2017 and students who sat their Senior Six should be able to be admitted.
The Vice Chancellor also pledged that the institution’s commitment towards training high quality medical professionals who will uplift Uganda’s health care system and for every programme we have endured to offer, the quality is always higher than other institutions. We have been working with a group of doctors to ensure that the programme we start is qualitative, adding that, the quality will not be compromised.
Church of Uganda archbishop, Stanley Ntagali, who witnessed the signing of the agreement between the two church founded institutions, has said that degrees will be awarded by UCU but the medical school will be based at Mengo Hospital. “The medical school to train doctors will be run by UCU in partnership with Mengo hospital,”
He added that Mengo Hospital will provide training and internship opportunities to students trained at UCU.
Uganda Christian University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997 whereas Mengo Hospital is the oldest hospital in Uganda. It was established by Albert Ruskin Cook in 1897. At the beginning, the hospital belonged to the Church Missionary Society.
. Receives U.S. $15 Million IFAD Grant to Boost Fisheries Sector and Nutrition
A total of 17,500 poor rural households in six regions of Eritrea will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Eritrea to boost coastal and inland fisheries.
The total cost of the Programme is US$32.1 million of which IFAD is providing a US$15 million grant. It is co-financed by the Government of Germany ($5.9 million), the Global Environment Facility ($7.9 million), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ($0.5 million), the Government of Eritrea ($1.4 million) and by the beneficiaries themselves ($1.3 million).
The financial agreement for the Fisheries Resources Management Programme (FReMP) was signed in Rome by Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD; and Fessahazion Pietros, Ambassador of Eritrea to Italy and Permanent Representative Eritrea to Rome-based UN agencies, in the presence of Arefaine Berhe, Minister for Agriculture of Eritrea.
Eritrea has substantial and relatively underexploited marine and fisheries resources that have been underutilized for decades compared to neighboring countries. These resources exist in an unpolluted, underexploited and under-capitalized marine environment. The Programme intends to invest both in large fisheries and small pelagics.
The Government of Eritrea has been making significant investments in the inland regions by constructing water retention dams in the inland regions. It has established 330 reservoirs, of which 70 are stocked with different fish species. However, the inland fisheries resources have are hardly been exploited because local communities are generally not aware of the nutritional benefits of and they lack fishing skills and equipment, apart from the fact that traditionally they are not fishers. The Programme aims to positively change this situation by raising awareness, imparting the right skills and enabling the communities (especially youth and women) to acquire equipment for fishing, fish processing and marketing.
IFAD Country Programme Manager for Eritrea, Eric Rwabidadi has said that this innovative programme will ensure that the country’s marine fishery resources are utilized in a sustainable manner to improve the livelihoods of Red Sea coastal communities, adding that, inland fisheries and aquaculture present another great investment opportunity to increase fish production, incomes, nutrition and employment, especially for youth and women.
FReMP will support the establishment of infrastructure, and technologies for production, post-harvest operations and marketing of both marine and inland fisheries. In addition, it will promote the development and capacity building of cooperatives and other enterprises and ensure that they have access to the requisite tools to undertake economically viable and sustainable fish-related businesses.
Specifically, the programme will target 15 water reservoirs to demonstrate good practice and test successful models that can be replicated and scaled up in other reservoirs. It will also assist in developing climate resilient plans for the water reservoirs, which will lead to improved crop and livestock production. The aim is to not only increase incomes but also to improve food and nutrition security, through availability of increased quantity and quality fish.
In short, the programme is expected to transform Eritrea’s small-scale fisheries sector from subsistence to a sustainable commercial fish industry.