Rikus Grobler | Jun 20, 2017 | 0
Better, faster blood analysis and diagnosis for stopping disease early
The first Public Private Partnership in Health will be launched this Friday, 10 February 2017 by Sysmex Corporation from Japan, and the Namibia Institute of Pathology to improve quality control in the institute’s laboratories.
Sysmex Corporation, based in Kobe, Japan, is a leading manufacturer, supplier and operator of automated haematology equipment used for blood analysis, diagnosis and the prescription of treatment.
The Laboratory Quality Control project is based on the acquisitioin of Japanese technology, supplied by Sysmex Corporation, with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The launch takes place at the premises of the Institute of Pathology with the Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Hideyuki Sakamoto and the institutes Chief Operations Officer, Mr Harold Kaura as representatives of the PPP parties.
The Laboratory Quality Control project will improve the quality management of key clinical laboratories that are essential for accurate disease diagnosis. This is a key element to determine an appropriate treatment and is expected to improve the effectiveness of public medical institutions.
Sysmex Corperation will supply to the pathology institute a blood analyser as well as the on-line monitoring system that determines its operational status. Comprehensive training of the institute’s staff responsible for blood analysis, forms part of the agreed PPP. The total project cost is estimated to come to N$2.4 million.
Blood analysers are to be installed at the Windhoek Central Reference Laboratory, the Oshakati Laboratory and the Rundu Laboratory. All will be connected to the internet for fast and accurate analysis and diagnosis using the digital web-based monitoring system.
This first Health PPP between Namibia and Japan follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Namibia Institute of Pathology, Sysmex Corporation and the Japan Iinternational Cooperation Agency in November 2016. It is one of several agreements announced by the Government of Japan at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development held in Nairobi in August 2016.