The National Public Health Institute (NPHIL) has begun a two-day strategic meeting and training workshop to strengthen linkages between the National Reference Laboratory and National Diagnostics Unit at the Ministry of Health.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, NPHIL Deputy Director General Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah said the meeting seeks to revise the current National Diagnostic Policy to reflect the ongoing health sector reforms (NPHIL and MOH autonomies and synergies.
He also said it aims at improving Diagnostic Surveillance Officers and County Diagnostic Officers' skills to accurately and safely collect, package and transport IDSR priority specimen;
Dr. Fallah said the meeting further seeks to conduct step-down training and supervision for the health facility laboratory aides, among others.
He hopes that at the end of the meeting, participants will be able to validate the National Diagnostic Policy and National Diagnostics Standard Operational Guide for laboratory technicians.
In remarks, the Country Director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Dr. Desmond Williams stressed the need to develop cheap and sustainable diagnostic system for Liberia.
Earlier, the Director General for NPHIL Tolbert Nyenswah said a well-functioning and standardized laboratory is important for the health sector of Liberia.
In brief remarks, a representative of World Health organization (WHO) Madam Victoria K. Nyanzi said Liberia does not need to reinvent the wheel to improve its laboratory system but can learn from other countries how they did it.