West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Advisory Position Paper on Covid-19 Testing and Containment in Ecowas Region

  • Dennis Adu-Gyasi West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS), 26 Lomé Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Bernard Nkrumah West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS), 26 Lomé Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Toyosi Yekeen Raheem West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS), 26 Lomé Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Solomon Umukoro West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS), 26 Lomé Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Godswill Chikwendu Okara West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS), 26 Lomé Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Tatfeng Mirabeau West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS), 26 Lomé Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, Nigeria
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, laboratory testing, diagnostics approaches, West Africa Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science

Abstract

Obviously, medical laboratory testing remains one of the tools successfully used in managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic globally. Due to the novel nature of the virus responsible for COVID-19, many countries adopted their own approaches to mitigate the impact the pandemic was having on the respective countries. The West Africa Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science in contributing to managing the situation set up an ad-hoc committee to review and advise on acceptable diagnostics approaches that could be used in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee of experts reviewed the scientific and professional approaches that could be used to test for COVID-19 to identify cases for isolation, treatment, management, and subsequent control of transmission. Again, the committee made
recommendations of what method should be used depending on the objective one seeks to achieve not neglecting patient safety.

Annals of Medical Laboratory Science (2022) 2(2), 23 - 30

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Published
2022-06-05
How to Cite
Adu-Gyasi, D., Nkrumah, B., Raheem, T. Y., Umukoro, S., Okara, G. C., & Mirabeau, T. (2022). West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Advisory Position Paper on Covid-19 Testing and Containment in Ecowas Region. Annals of Medical Laboratory Science, 2(2), 23-30. https://doi.org/10.51374/annalsmls.2022.2.2.0062
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