IHVN partners U.S. CDC, opens laboratory in UATH

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) in collaboration with U.S Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has inaugurated a laboratory at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) to boost quality healthcare.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IHVN, Dr Patrick Dakum, said this at the launch of the Polymerase Chain Reaction Laboratory (PCR), UATH, in Abuja.

Represented by Dr Anthony Okwuosah, the Director, Community Medicine, IHVN, Dakum said that with the new laboratory, more samples collected from different parts of country will be tested at UATH.

He explained that IHVN is giving technical support to the hospital, adding that the laboratory will also be able to detect HIV drug resistance in people living with the virus.

Dr Abu Haruna, the Acting Chief Medical Director (CMD), UATH, said that with the new laboratory, the hospital aims at testing 500 samples daily.

Haruna said the laboratory will improve the quality of care given to patients, especially as the hospital is providing care to more than 10,000 people living with HIV.

”There is provision for the machines to do other tests; it will be able to detect certain infections and also check viral loads. We plan to extend the service to other patients.

”We want to scale up the number of patients that will access the facility daily, it will help to boost quality of care.” he said.

The Director, Clinical Laboratory Services, IHVN, Dr Sam Peters, also said that the lab will help boost HIV test and people living with the virus to know their viral load.