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Routine Immunization Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) in Nigeria

 The 4th quarter Routine Immunization Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (RI LQAS) was conducted across the 36+1 (FCT-Abuja). The event which was for 5days commenced on 14 January 2019. AFENET supported activities in 6 states namely Ebonyi, Enugu, Benue, Abia, Delta and the FCT. 290 personnel were deployed by AFENET to support the exercise comprising of supervisors, Surveyors, National Coordinators, National bureau of Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency staff, MSTs and NSTOP Staff. Prior to the implementation of the activity, a 2-day intensive training was conducted with various training skills implored to ensure a participatory and interactive sessions in addition to field practical exercise.

Across the 101 LGAs in the six AFENET supported states, six settlements were selected randomly from each LGA. Each settlement was regarded as a cluster and sample size of 10 eligible children aged 0-11 months were sampled taking into consideration card availability, immunization status and reasons for none immunization. A total of 606 settlements and over 6060 houses visited by the teams.

RI LQAS is a quarterly activity organized by the National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordinator Centre (NERICC) to assess the RI performance, identify reasons for non-immunization as well as source of RI information towards improving uptake and utilization of routine immunization in Nigeria. The survey is conducted in collaboration with other government agencies, implementing partners and donor agencies.

African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM2018)

In partnership with Nigeria Center for Disease control (NCDC), AFENET supported 4 participants to attend the fourth biennial international conference of the African Society of Laboratory Medicine with the theme “Preventing and controlling the next pandemic: The role of the Laboratory” in Abuja Nigeria on December 10-13, 2018. The conference was declared open the Nigerian Minister of State for Health, Prof, Osagie Ehanire. In his opening remarks, he recognized that ASLM through its initiatives and partnership has successfully raised the importance and visibility of the Laboratory as an essential component of all health systems and economy in Africa. He noted that ASLM being a Pan African Society has improved the overall health status in Africa by promoting the value of medical Laboratories and Laboratory networks within all sectors in Africa. He stressed that Laboratory has critical role of spearheading disease diagnosis and should be at the fore front of any response.

The conference consisted of oral and oral poster presentations, exhibitions, symposia, round tables discussion, plenaries, seminars, special sessions and awards ceremony. The various sessions were interactive, observations and challenges were discussed, and solutions proffered.