In collaboration with the Veterinary Medicine Faculty at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), EMPHNET conducted a three-day training workshop for six laboratorians from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) who are working in the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL). Taking place between December 18 and 23, 2018, the training was designed to enhance the laboratorians’ capacities on biosafety, biosecurity, and molecular detection using the PCR technique in detecting Bacillus anthracis (B. anthracis).
The training dedicated one day to theoretical sessions and the other two for hands-on sessions in the laboratory. Placed under the umbrella of the biosafety and biosecurity practices, the training’s sessions focused on a range of topics, including molecular techniques for detection of Bacillus anthracis, PCR lab equipment, quality control and calibration, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity with focus on B. anthracis specimen handling, human and animal specimens collection, transportation and preservation. Furthermore, other topics included specimens preparation for PCR testing, conventional and real-time PCR for detection of B. anthracis, results and interpretation.
The training is the second in the project titled “Improving Diagnosis and Safe Handling of Anthrax in Jordan.” This project aims to strengthen the diagnostic capabilities for Anthrax that could be of threat to humans and animals or used as bioweapons. It also aims to increase biosecurity and biosafety awareness for Jordanian laboratory staff by performing laboratory assessments, providing specialized and general laboratory supplies, conducting biosafety/biosecurity training, and upgrading disease diagnostics tools for Anthrax.