Hands-on training of laboratory diagnosticians on the use of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

A three-day training on Laboratoy Information Management System (LIMS) for the laboratory diagnosticians of animal health laboratories of the eastern region was conducted from 5th to 7th November 2020 in Monggar. About 14 participants representing Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Kanglung and Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital – Lhuentse, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Pema Gatshel, and Monggar attended the training. However, in compliance to the COVID-19 protocol, participants from the red zone areas of south-east region were not included in this training. LIMS is the online database system designed to efficiently manage information of all the veterinary laboratory activities in the country. This system is intended for all the laboratory facilities under the Department of Livestock (DoL). It has features for online entry of sample details, test result, diagnosis and recommendation. The system helps the veterinary laboratories to track samples from submission to testing and reporting. This database will immensely reduce turn-around-time for diagnostic service delivery as a whole. The main feature of the LIMS on the Bacteriology part is the recording of the Antibiotic profile of the important bacteria, which helps in exporting for analysis in other programs like WHONET to analyze and build antibiogram of each bacterium against selected panel of antibiotics. The main objectives of the training is to support animal health laboratories in the use of electronic recording system of all the laboratory activities and use paperless system of result dissemination, and generation of accurate AST data for guiding the veterinary clinicians for prescribing right antibiotics, thereby promoting their prudent use. In addition, the training of relevant officials will greatly support data generation and analysis for the forthcoming laboratory surveillance in chickens under the Fleming Fund country grant. The training was conducted by the National Veterinary Laboratory, Serbithang, and funded by Fleming Fund. Submitted by: Dr. N.K. Thapa & Ms. Puspa Maya Sharma,Laboratory Services Unit, National Centre for Animal Health

  • Nov/11/2020 11:15 AM
Dr Palden Wangchuk