BY SAMIE WAIKORI
THE National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) assures progress in the ground work in its preparation toward the standard ISO certification.
Director of NPHL, Mr Dickson Manongi told this paper in an interview that currently they are liaising with responsible authorities on getting things done.
He said yesterday there was a project launched last year in pursuant of the ISO certification and it will implement February (next month) this year.
“As preparation towards the implementation of the project is heated, NPHL is cooperating with local partners especially HCC’s health division and environmental health division under MHMS to carry-out the work.
“The work required collecting of food and water samples in the city where HCC is mostly responsible.
“There is progress so far on sample collection where HCC has collected more than 20 food samples last year especially on Kaibars in the city,” Manongi said.
He said HCC was expecting more samples to collect soon as another year of business approached.
The Director said he aware HCC staffs were always out in the field to conduct the activity as a major component required under the project.
He said food samples collected were tested at the NPHL on their health status for the safety of public’s consumption of the food.
However, Manongi said as the implementation of the project begins next month, work on food sampling is very important for the project.
He said in March this year a team from Quadram Institute in New Zealand will arrive to assess the status of the work so far done on the preparation toward the ISO certification.
Manongi stressed that the preparation currently undertaking was very important as upon assessment they will prove whether the country meets the requirement to certify with ISO certification.
Manongi said Quadram Institute was a certified and recognized institution, and the country is working in a partnership asistence with them in pursuing this ISO certification.