NAFDAC, part­ners col­lab­o­rate to get WHO-cer­ti­fied lab

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Judd Leonard Okafor

Nigeria would soon get its first lab­o­ra­tory cer­ti­fied by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion by De­cem­ber 2015, fol­low­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween reg­u­lat­ing agency NAFDAC and its part­ners.

Get­ting the lab, run by Na­tional Agency for Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Con­trol, in Yaba, La­gos has been de­scribed as chal­leng­ing and am­bi­tious but WHO has noted it will sup­port NAFDAC reach the goal.

An ex­ist­ing con­tract be­tween WHO and the UK’s Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment is to “sup­port the process we have been pur­su­ing over the years, that is, to cer­tify the Yaba lab­o­ra­tory,” said Mike Eg­boh, co­or­di­na­tor for Part­ner­ship for Trans­form­ing Health Sys­tems Phase 2 (PATHS2) a DFID project and part­ner on the lab.

In talks with part­ners NAFDAC and DFID in Abuja, Eg­boh said, “One thing is for a coun­try like Nigeria not to have a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­tory. For me, it is a shame. As a Nige­rian, I don’t feel good about it, and that is why those of us who are work­ing on it are very pas­sion­ate about it.”

DFID has called for quick ori­en­ta­tion of lab­o­ra­tory staff at Yaba to kick off the process, say­ing, “nor­mally the process takes a min­i­mum of three years, as we have been told, but WHO is com­mit­ting it­self to bring­ing all the re­sources, and bring­ing ev­ery­one to en­sure that it is done by De­cem­ber 2015. This will stress all of us, and en­sur­ing that we work much faster, sharper and lot more fo­cused”.

NAFDAC has wel­comed the col­lab­o­ra­tion, in­sist­ing it needs to se­cure WHO ac­cred­i­ta­tion for its labs to match phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms grad­u­ally get pre­qual­i­fi­ca­tion sta­tus with WHO.

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