NAF Conducts 5-Days Workshop, Procures More Lab Equipment

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In furtherance of its efforts at equipping
laboratory scientists with requisite skills
necessary to improve the detection,
identification, accurate diagnosis and
reporting of Malaria cases, the Nigerian Air
Force (NAF) has conducted a 5-day capacity
building workshop at the 661 NAF Hospital,
(661 NAFH) Ikeja, Lagos. The workshop,
which commenced on 10 August 2020, had
30 medical laboratory scientists drawn from
NAF units across the country in attendance

Speaking during the inauguration of the
workshop, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS). Air
Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was
represented by the Commander, 651 Base
Services Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Rasagi
Olanrewaju, described medical laboratory
science as a key component of any
healthcare system. He noted that more than
70 per cent of the information required for
proper medical diagnosis is generated by the
laboratory

Lab Equipment

Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed that the NAF
had accordingly made significant
investments in medical laboratory equipment
as well as infrastructural upgrade and
training of its laboratory scientists. He
further revealed that the NAF recently
approved the procurement of additional
laboratory equipment and payment of
accreditation fees for the re-certification of
661 NAFH Laboratory to the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO)
15189 standard. Speaking further, the CAS,
maintained that the production of accurate
and reliable laboratory results was
predicated on the establishment of robust
Quality Management System.

While appreciating the cooperation and
support of the Medical Laboratory Science
Council of Nigeria towards the accreditation
of NAF laboratories, the CAS tasked NAF
laboratory scientists to work assiduously to
ensure that more of the NAF’s laboratories
attain the international accreditation status
of ISO 15189. According to him, “Ultimately
this workshop should lead to higher quality
laboratory services and improved patient
care in our medical units”, he said.

Conducting Experiment

The workshop ended on 14 August 2020,
with the award of certificates to the
participants.

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