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

A three-day hands-on training on the Laboratoy Information Management System (LIMS) for the laboratory diagnosticians of the animal health laboratories of the western region is underway at Hotel River Valley, Punakha. The training is for three days, from 18th to 20th of November 2020, and about 23 participants representing National Veterinary Laboratory, Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Tshimasham; Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratories: Chhukha, Paro, Haa and Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhags are attending the training. However, in compliance to COVID protocol, the participants from the red zone areas like Samste and Phuntshogling are not included in this training. The Main objectives of the training is to support animal health laboratories in the use of electronic recording system of all the laboratory activities, result dissemination, and generation of accurate AST data for guiding the veterinary clinicians for prescribing right antibiotics and thereby promoting their prudent use. 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 recording of the Antibiotic profile of the important bacteria. Which helps in exporting for analysis in other programs like WHO NET to analyze and build antibiogram of each bacteria against selected panel of antibiotics. 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 is being conducted by the National Veterinary Laboratory, Serbithang and funded by the Fleming Fund country grant. Submitted by Dr. N.K. Thapa, Laboratory Services Unit, National Centre for Animal Health

  • Nov/20/2020 10:57 AM
Dr Palden Wangchuk