On 29 - 30 April 2015 the internal training was organized in the premises of the Institute of Public Health (IPH) of R. Macedonia. Director of the Institute, director of the center for reference laboratories, staff from the laboratory for virology and molecular diagnostics, staff from the laboratory receipt of biological materials, the preparation of substrates and disposal of infectious waste sector for prevention and control of communicable diseases, microbiologists from the center for reference laboratories were invited to take part in the training.
The agenda of the training was:
- Presentation of the surveillance systems for influenza active in Macedonia- routine versus sentinel surveillance system - Prim Dr Gordana Kuzmanovska, head of the sector for prevention and control of communicable diseases
- Sentinel ILI/ARI surveillance in Macedonia- presentation of the results from pilot phase of implementation during the season 2014/2015 - Dr Vladimir Mikik, sector for prevention and control of communicable diseases
- Presentation of the situation with influenza in Europe and Macedonia during the season 2014/2015 - Dr Kristina Stavridis, sector for prevention and control of communicable diseases
- Laboratory diagnosis of influenza (sampling, transport, storage, testing algorithms, reporting) - Prim Dr Golubinka Bosevska, Msc, head of the laboratory for virology and molecular diagnostics
- Report the activities connected with influenza SECID project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe” and presentation of terms of reference of the role of National Influenza Center (NIC) and process to becoming NIC - Prim Dr Golubinka Bosevska, Msc, head of the laboratory for virology and molecular diagnostics.
Summary conclusions of the training
During the two-day training and discussion among experts from different sectors in the Institute it was concluded that sentinel surveillance of ILI/ARI will be useful and essential addition of the universal system for surveillance of influenza in R. Macedonia.
The option for constitution of influenza epidemiological and virological surveillance unit in form of National Influenza Center (NIC) was discussed in terms of human and institutional capacites. It was concluded that although investment are needed in terms of space and laboratory equipment/security, the Institute of Public Health has the capacity and that the NIC is of high priority.