CelebrateLAB Hosts West Africa’s Largest Laboratory Professional Conference

first_imgCelebrateLAB, the largest gathering of laboratory professionals in the ECOWAS region, will host its fifth gathering April 23-24 at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor, Monrovia.The two-day event will bring together laboratory scientists from public and private sectors, officials from the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).Laboratory experts and other health officials will share knowledge and experience on best practices that make sense for West Africa. The core audience is the laboratory scientist who makes a difference by treating every patient sample with care. CelebrateLAB Ambassadors from Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have pledged to improve regional laboratory diagnostics. Dr Dougbeh Chris Nyan, one of the conference ambassadors, an industry innovator and Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of Shufflex Biomed (USA and Liberia), said, “we have the ingenuity to take Africa’s scientific destiny into our own hands for the benefit of humanity.” The 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa exposed the vulnerabilities of regional health systems and highlighted the urgent need for collaboration and experience-sharing as populations move across borders.This year’s theme, “Bio-risk Management in West Africa,’’ touches all aspects of laboratory medicine. CelebrateLAB 2019 emphasizes strengthening collaborations across West African borders and promoting public-private partnerships. Candace Eastman, CEO of Africabio Enterprises, said “CelebrateLAB is all about striving for better health outcomes.”GIZ, the German development organization is one of the event’s sponsors. GIZ works with the Liberian Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to strengthen laboratory and biomedical capacity through training, mentorship, and the establishment of a regional biomedical engineering workshop and microbiology lab.  During the event, GIZ will facilitate a workshop that will focus on product life cycle management, preventive  maintenance, share lessons learned, and emerging best practices for strengthening the workforce and supporting quality improvements in public laboratories and biomedical workshops.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan , CEO, Shufflex Biomed: “we have the ingenuity to take Africa’s scientific destiny into our own hands for the benefit of humanity.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Air-quality citations hit cemetery

first_imgGLENDALE – Grand View Memorial Park, accused of improperly disposing of thousands of cremated remains, has repeatedly been cited for discharging foul odors and smoke, documents show. Inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which enforces air-quality laws in Southern California, paid dozens of visits to the cemetery between 1998 and 2003, after nearly 60 complaints from residents about foul odors, records show. As a result, the AQMD imposed strict conditions on operations and required $37,000 in equipment upgrades. “They were causing a lot of problems. There were a lot of complaints,” said Mohsen Nazemi, the assistant deputy executive officer of engineering and compliance for the AQMD. “We did make a lot of visits.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The citations, obtained through a California Public Records Act request, are unrelated to complaints by the state Consumer Affairs Department, which found the cremated remains of some 4,000 people in storage rooms, a trash bin, on the floor and mixed with other remains. Officials also allege shoddy record-keeping, and said they believe cemetery President Marsha Lee Howard, secretary Moshe Goldsman and two trustees resold grave sites and “loaned” themselves $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, which was set up for grounds maintenance, records show. As a result, officials halted new business in November and are taking the operators to court Jan. 19 for a permanent resolution to the case. In the meantime, the operators have been ordered not to sell new graves, and Howard, who lives on the property, was removed from day-to-day operations. Howard; her Woodland Hills attorney, Myles Mattenson; and Goldsman did not return calls Wednesday. Kevin Flanagan, a spokesman with the Consumer Affairs Department, said he was not surprised by the AQMD citations. “If they’re not following cemetery and funeral rules properly, why would they follow air-quality rules?” he said. In April 2000, inspectors responded to residents’ complaints of black smoke and were greeted by Howard, who said, “I was wondering when I was going to hear from you,” according to the documents. An afterburner for one of the five crematory ovens broke down during a cremation cycle, she told investigators, and the fire department had responded. “So far, Ms. Howard has received three (notices of violation) and one order of abatement and the complaints keep rolling in,” inspector Don Hopps wrote in his notes. In response to the Consumer Affairs allegations, residents who have loved ones buried in Grand View have filed a lawsuit alleging that remains were removed from graves, grave-site markers were discarded and graves meant for one person were re-used for other burials. Milton Friedman, a senior legal administrator overseeing the case, said his office has been sending out questionnaires to potential victims in advance of a Feb. 17 court hearing, when attorneys will ask the judge for permission to inspect the property and videotape grave sites. “We’ve had quite a few people call us,” Friedman said. “Most of the calls have complained about the lack of maintenance, the look of the cemetery. It gets emotional sometimes because there’s some family members who’ve received cremated remains from the cemetery, but now question whether those are the actual remains.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more