Nigeria: WHO Delivers Photo voltaic Panels to Accredited Polio Laboratory in Borno State
In Maiduguri, Borno state, the World Well being Group Nation Consultant, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, commissioned photo voltaic panels on the polio laboratory to help the state authorities in sustaining the intervention of important well being companies.
The undertaking (48 photo voltaic panels of 330 watts every, 21 KVA inverters and 24 tabular batteries is meant to supply uninterrupted energy provide for the power for fast testing of acute Ffaccid paralysis (AFP) samples collected from the sphere. The intervention grew to become crucial because of the insurgency assault on infrastructure in Borno in January 2021 which led to an influence outage, affecting operations on the accredited Polio laboratory on the College of Maiduguri Instructing hospital.
The selection of the photo voltaic panels to energy the power is pursuant to the dedication to develop climate-resilient and low-carbon well being methods on the UN Local weather Change Convention in Glasgow (COP26), in response to rising proof of the influence of local weather change on folks’s well being. In the meantime, Nigeria and 49 different nations, on the UN Local weather Change Convention in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26), dedicated to develop climate-resilient and low-carbon well being methods.
Commissioning the undertaking, Dr Mulombo, counseled the administration of the College of Maiduguri Instructing Hospital for the undaunting help towards the polio actions within the North East area.
Dr Mulombo mentioned the set up of the photo voltaic panels is a part of one of the best practices to enhance well being companies to keep away from disruption to laboratory actions.
“WHO will present further help to make sure the capability of the polio laboratory in strengthening the struggle towards poliovirus in Nigeria. Additionally, WHO will proceed to help the state technically and guarantee important well being companies are adequately offered,” he added.
In his remarks, Professor Ibrahim Kidda (Head of Division, Immunology Division, College of Maiduguri Instructing Hospital) mentioned, “WHO’s intervention within the state and the Polio laboratory particularly, can’t be overemphasized.
Nonetheless, the predicament we discovered ourselves in the course of the ten months of energy outage had a unfavorable influence on successfully finishing up our mandate. I imagine this undertaking would play an infinite function in guaranteeing continuity of the laboratory actions and save Nigeria and Africa the embarrassment it would trigger to World Polio Eradication Efforts.”
Additionally talking, the Director of the polio laboratory, Professor Marycelin Baba, appreciated WHO for its continued to help to the laboratory to make sure that it maintains the worldwide normal and stays practical to hold out its mandate.
“Phrases will not be sufficient to inform how grateful we’re to WHO for its help to the laboratory. With the set up of those photo voltaic panels, the laboratory will proceed to operate at its optimum stage. It’s going to additionally scale back the speed (variety of hours) at which producing machines are used” he mentioned.
Nigeria must proceed the AFP surveillance and pattern assortment to maintain the good points towards wild poliovirus. Additionally, there’s a must sustain testing to help the struggle towards the circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus 2 (cVDPV2) reported in some states.
The WHO-accredited nationwide Polio laboratory was established in 1999 however accredited in 2001. The laboratory is likely one of the two nationwide laboratories in Nigeria and one of many 16 within the WHO Africa Area. The laboratory is answerable for the evaluation of stool and environmental samples for well timed detection or isolation of any polio and polio-like virus for well timed prevention and eradication in addition to sustenance of polio-free Nigeria.
The laboratory serves 10 most weak states in Northern Nigeria. From 01 January to 09 November 2021, greater than 10, 000 AFP stool samples and greater than 500 environmental samples have been analyzed by the laboratory, contributing considerably to World Polio Eradication Efforts.
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