Activities at the tissue typing laboratory of the hospital have been paralyzed shortly after its commissioning in February this year due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. This was disclosed by the Head of
Haematology Department, Dr Aminu Abba Yusuf Consultant Haematologist in an interview with our reporter.
According to him, it is so unlucky that they had to suspend all activities of the laboratory immediately after it started operating as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, which hit the country in March 2020 with some training on the usage of the sophisticated world-class machines installed at the laboratory not completed, as the experts giving the training come from outside the country namely Italy and South Africa.
He said the suspension of the activities of the laboratory was in line with the Management decision to suspend some major and sensitive activities of the hospital with the kidney transplant inclusive.
The Head of Department further stated that the reagents to be used in the lab have to be shipped also from overseas countries, which is also not possible for the time being as all overseas transportation activities have been banned due to the pandemic.
However, he expressed hope that as things are gradually coming back to normal, activities of the laboratory will kick start again
Commenting, a Chief Medical Lab. Scientist and the In-Change of the Tissue Typing Laboratory, Ado Muhammad Dakata revealed that about 6 samples were treated at the lab before the Covid-19 pandemic started.
He explained that four (4) of the samples were for post-transplant of patients whose status were already known from tests done outside the country, in a trial effort to compare notes with the results obtained, while the other 2 samples were treated before the transplant i.e. for a patient and his donor.
Malam Muhammad Dakata further stated that though the training has stopped there are some training is done online, which they hope to be thorough with by the time the pandemic is over.