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National Blood Institute receives innovative equipment for screening and diagnosing infectious diseases

The National Blood Institute (INS) received an equipment of last generation for screening and diagnosing infectious diseases. The equipment was supplied by Yapama Saúde, Lda, a subsidiary of the Mitrelli Group, within the scope of the Sangue Seguro project.


According to a statement sent to VerAngola, "the public presentation of the equipment" took place last Tuesday, at an event attended by Deodete Machado, director of INS, Hélder Matos, general director of Yapama, and Bruna da Rocha, medical director.

"The Procleix Panther System is molecular biology equipment, or nucleic acid testing (NAT), which uses transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) technology for the screening and diagnosis of infectious diseases (HIV-1 and 2, HBV, HCV) in blood bags", explains the note.

According to Hélder Matos, the main advantages of the equipment relate to "its high specificity and complete automation". "The main advantages of this equipment relate to its high specificity and complete automation. It is equipment that allows earlier diagnosis than other immunological technologies used in blood banks, reducing the period of immunological window", he indicated.

With this new technology, adds the note, in 12 hours it will be possible to test 500 blood samples. "The equipment will make it possible to increase the level of security in Angola" and "put the INS, with the technologies it already had and this new one acquired, at the level of security of any international parameter", said Hélder Matos.

In addition to supplying this equipment, Yapama also guarantees "specialized training for Angolan technicians and maintenance, for the use of the equipment to its full potential", and so far "there are already four trained technicians, with the training of four more technicians in the coming weeks".

The director of the INS said that the Procleix Panther System "has an important value in guaranteeing safe blood to all patients who need blood", having also appealed to the population to create "the habit of donating blood to save lives".

It should be noted that "Yapama provides advanced diagnostic technologies for health institutions, from small to large equipment, medical devices, imaging equipment and consumables", the statement also reads.

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