WAHO, ASLM Train Medical Laboratory Professionals On Mentorship, Coaching Skills

–   A week-long Mentorship and Coaching Skill Development Training Workshop for laboratory professionals has ended in , Nigeria.
The training workshop funded by German Cooperation, KFW, was jointly organised by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and the West African Health Organization, WAHO.
Speaking at the closing ceremony on Friday, November 29, the workshop coordinator, Dr Abdourahmane Sow, noted that “In the world today, if you don’t have effective laboratory, you cannot work.”
He therefore, charged participants to make use of mentorship skills they have acquired to improve on Laboratory systems in their respective countries.

“I think When they get home they will start improving their own system to ensure they can get adequate laboratory by 2021,” Dr Sow, a professional at WAHO headquarters said.

Dr Ojuolape Solanke, WAHO Liaison Officer in Nigeria, harped on improving laboratory surveillance with a view to preventing epidemics and diseases.
She said, “The region has to take its own health seriously by improving laboratory surveillance to prevent epidemics and diseases across the border and this is why we are here.
“The training workshop has been on mentoring and improving quality management in the Laboratory systems. I am sure you have a lot of action plans to take back to your countries to implement. 
“It is for the good of your country, it is for the good of the region and also for the good of the global community at large,” she said.
Representative of the sponsors, GFA Consulting Group, Dr. Olivier Manigart, said the training project is focusing specifically on four key areas – transport of samples,  data management, waste management and also biosecurity, which according to him, “is a crucial problem for Nigeria.”

Cross section of participants at the workshop.

Dr. Manigart, a Senior Team Leader at GFA Consulting Group, said the the KFW funded project which covers training and helping to equip laboratories is to the tune of €10 millions.
“The backbone of our project is to train people on the path to ISO1589 .accreditation.:We are planning to train some more in French and Portuguese and English”
“We are trying to equip in Nigeria five regional reference laboratories in different  places of the country”, Dr. Manigart added.

Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, presenting certificate to a participant, while Dr Ojuolape Solanke looks on.

Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi, posited that “You can’t practise medicine without good diagnosis whether laboratory or radiological diagnosis.”
He later presented certificates to all the participants drawn from Member States. The training workshop started on Monday, November 25.
The objectives of the training workshop were:
To train mentorship and coaching technics and methods to laboratory  professionals;
To provide participants with knowledge and skills on the requirements of the ISO standards (ISO 15189:2012 and ISO 9001:2015);
To develop competency on mentorship and coaching skills;
To build national and regional capacity to improve the quality systems of laboratories.

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