The national Polio laboratories in Maiduguri and Ibadan have successfully passed World Health Organization (WHO) accreditation quality checks.
During the exercise, the Team lead of the Polio accreditation exercise, Dr Gumede-Moeletsi Nelisiwe described the accreditation procedure as a means of monitoring the accuracy and quality of testing in the laboratories.
She also said that the accreditation process provides a learning opportunity and a mechanism for identifying resource and training needs, measures progress and serves as a link to the current 146 WHO accredited Global Polio laboratory Network (GPLN) spread across 92 countries in the six WHO regions.
The acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance in the country is currently supported by two national polio laboratories one each in Ibadan and Maiduguri. These laboratories individually analyze the highest number of stool samples amongst the polio laboratories in the AFRO region.