Better samples for medical analysis in Cameroon

The Centre Pasteur du Cameroun trained staff from several health facilities on the procedures for sampling, pre-treatment and delivery of samples

Eleven laboratories subcontracting with the medical analysis laboratory of the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun took part on 16th November 2018 at the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (CPC) in a training course on the pre-analysis of molecular biology analyses. The purpose of this training was to strengthen the capacity of staff at the sites concerned to collect and pre-analyze viral load samples (hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis D virus and hepatitis Delta virus), genotype hepatitis C virus and test for ARV resistance.

This training is part of the quality approach undertaken by the CPC, National Reference and Public Health Laboratory.

During her welcome address, Dr Suzanne Belinga, Deputy Director General of the Centre Pasteur, sensitized the participants on the importance of providing a good quality sample to the laboratory and set the main objective of the CPC at the end of this training, namely to reduce non-compliance related to sample quality (including the rejection of non-compliant samples).

The various presentations of the day focused on the specificity of molecular biology analyses performed on blood, the collection for these analyses as well as the conditions and transport of the samples.

At the end of the day, a commitment form was sent to each partner in order to comply with all pre-analytical processing conditions for molecular biology samples and to provide accurate information to the CPC. These conditions are necessary for a proper performance of the analysis by the laboratory, and a reliable diagnosis in the clinician for quality patient management.

The training ended with the presentation of certificates to the 19 participants from Yaoundé, Eseka and Nkoteng.

This article was first published by the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun and has been translted in English by


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