FG, IHVN train experts on validation of HIV rapid test kits

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) says it has trained 25 medical experts on post market validation of HIV rapid test kits in Nigeria.

Mrs Oyebimpe Balogun, the Programme Manager, Laboratories, IHVN, said the capacity building was achieved in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health.

She said the beneficiaries would be responsible for conducting validation for HIV test kits bought by government and partners to ascertain the efficacy of the kits.

Balogun said the training was for a validation of HIV Rapid Test Kits, to ascertain whether HIV kits bought by government or partners were fit for distribution across the service delivery centres in Nigeria.

“We expect that once kits arrive into the country, the experts will be responsible for sampling and validation of the kits in the laboratory before distribution to various service delivery points,’’ Balogun said.

She assured that the trained personnel have the capacity to effectively train other persons when the need arise.

“So if state governments are buying the kits, this team of experts can provide validation at the state level and they can also offer training at state levels,’’ she said.

Mrs Joy Obu, Laboratory Team Leader, HIV and AIDS Division, Federal Ministry of Health, said the training involved theory and practical.

According to her, “we started with theoretical part of the training from January 22 to January 24. In January 25 the team went to the warehouse for sampling of the rapid test kits of HIV/AIDS’’.

She said from January 27 to 31, the team was at Asokoro General Hospital for the evaluation of the test kits.

The team leader said all the test kits that were evaluated passed the quality test, adding that the quality of the kits were good for distribution across the country for the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

Obu said the trainees comprised various health experts such as laboratory scientists, pharmacists and nurses, among others, in line with the task shifting and task sharing policy of the federal government.

Bilkisu Pai