Meet on foodborne diseases under way

July 10, 2019

Thirty foodborne disease microbiologists from 16 members states of the Eastern Mediterranean region of the World Health Organization (WHO) are taking part in the Laboratory Data Analysis regional workshop set for countries of the PULSNET Middle East Foodborne Disease Surveillance Network. 

The workshop began at Crown Plaza Muscat on Monday under the auspices of H E Dr Mohammed Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health (MoH), in the presence of Dr Akjemal Magtymova, WHO representative, Oman.

It is being organised by MoH represented by the Central Public Health Laboratories in collaboration with the WHO as well as Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, United States of America.

The three-day workshop is being held with the objective of identifying and understanding basics of the advanced whole genome sequencing technologies, stressing their advantages in comparison with the current traditional diagnostic methods, in addition to creating a whole genome sequence data and cluster detecting.

The workshop further trains the participants on foodborne outbreak detection by studying cases as hypothetical examples, and calls for holding official meeting of the laboratory Pulse Net Middle East Foodborne Disease Surveillance Network committee.

A two-day practical training at the Central Public Health Laboratories, Muscat is also being held. The workshop will conclude on Wednesday.