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The NUITM-KEMRI P3 Laboratory in Kenya: Establishment, Features, Operation and Maintenance

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Title: The NUITM-KEMRI P3 Laboratory in Kenya: Establishment, Features, Operation and Maintenance
Authors: Inoue, Shingo / Wandera, Ernest / Miringu, Gabriel / Bundi, Martin / Narita, Chika / Ashur, Salame / Kwallah, Allan / Galata, Amina / Abubakar, Mwajuma / Suka, Sora / Mohamed, Shah / Karama, Mohamed / Horio, Masahiro / Shimada, Masaaki / Ichinose, Yoshio
Issue Date: 16-Mar-2013
Publisher: 日本熱帯医学会 / Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine
Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health, 41(1), pp.27-37; 2013
Abstract: A biocontainment facility is a core component in any research setting due to the services it renders towards comprehensive biosafety observance. The NUITM-KEMRI P3 facility was set up in 2007 and has been actively in use since 2010 by researchers from this and other institutions. A number of hazardous agents have been handled in the laboratory among them MDR-TB and yellow fever viruses. The laboratory has the general physical and operational features of a P3 laboratory in addition to a number of unique features, among them the water-air filtration system, the eco-mode operation feature and automation of the pressure system that make the facility more efficient. It is equipped with biosafety and emergency response equipments alongside common laboratory equipments, maintained regularly using daily, monthly and yearly routines. Security and safety is strictly observed within the facility, enhanced by restricted entry, strict documentation and use of safety symbols. Training is also engrained within the operation of the laboratory and is undertaken and evaluated annually. Though the laboratory is in the process of obtaining accreditation, it is fully certified courtesy of the manufactures' and constructed within specified standards.
Keywords: Kenya / P3 Laboratory
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/32039
ISSN: 13488945
DOI: 10.2149/tmh.2013-01
Rights: © 2013 Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine
Type: Journal Article
Text Version: publisher
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