By Johannes Hangula
THREE Namibia Institution for Pathology (NIP) laboratories are expected to be fully rationalised and equipped with the Quality Management System (QMS) equipment from Japan end of July this year.
A partnership project by Sysmex Corporation that manufactures diagnostic systems and is currently involved in the development of clinical laboratory testing devices, Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance for developing countries and NIP; decided that the Ondangwa, Rundu and Windhoek laboratories will be upgraded to sustain quality testing through QMS.
The venture kicked off this month after the concept introduction and proposal were presented to NIP February last year and it will see Sysmex giving total laboratory support to these labs by installing hardware XN-series that entails a fully automated hematology system that will enable these labs to implement advanced clinical and operational capabilities.
Sysmex will further bed in the SNCS software, an instrumental connectivity that will provide online support, online monitoring and real time peer group quality control in these laboratories and further implement Sysmex Quality Guidance Manual (SQGM) volume 2 training based on a clinical laboratory quality control manual established by ISO 15189; a medical laboratories standard requirements for quality and competence that specifies the quality management system requirements particular to medical workshops.
The Sysmex Quality Guidance Manual training entails guidance to the implementation and sustaining of quality woks in the three labs and working templates that can be personalised and adapted to each laboratory’s needs. The training will enable the three laboratories to produce documents that are in line with the international quality guidelines (ISO) and World Health Organisation.
Sysmex managing director of Essential Healthcare in the EMEA region, Samantha Giangregorio who was explaining the project at the launch last week at NIP head office in Windhoek, said that during the execution of the project, Sysmex will offer mentorship that includes multiple onsite mutually agreed visits by a trained and certified Sysmex application specialist in both quality management and auditing.
“The objective of Sysmex SQGM is to assist the laboratories to carry out incremental and continuous improvement by ensuring the involvement of the entire workforce and setting up milestones and targets for the laboratories. After the completion of the mentorship these laboratories performance will improve, there will timely supply of quality and guaranteered results from these labs and there will be a gradually drop in the samples’ rejection rate,” explained Giangregorio.
All the financial support and establishment of facilities required necessary for this project completion will come from Japan International Corporation Agency.
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