A ceremony regarding the launch of ISO Certification, Case Definition Book, GMP Booklet and handing over of FELTP held at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad. Dr.Nausheen Hamid, Parliamentary Secretary, National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) was the chief guest of the occasion.
The Executive Director of NIH, Maj. Gen. Prof. Aamer Ikram welcomed and briefed the audience about the historic landmark achievement of ISO certification of all its divisions and departments simultaneously. This certification reveals that NIH has sound quality system and demonstrates the technical competency and able to produce valid and reliable results in all fields of production.
Talking about the Case Definition Book, he said this is a comprehensive guide for surveillance and response to epidemic-prone diseases in Pakistan. It describes the steps needed for the investigation of the source of the disease, sample collection and documentation of the risk factors, cases and contacts during disease outbreaks.
Dr. Aamer said that the cGMP guidelines have been compiled for vaccines and anti-sera production by NIH team. These guidelines are intended to facilitate the local manufactures in implementing modern qualities system and risk management approaches to meet the requirements of quality biological products and safeguarding public health.
He also told that the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FELTP) of NIH accredited for achieving excellence in field epidemiology training. The accreditation was awarded in a ceremony during the 10th Global TEPHINET Conference, co-hosted by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA and Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Networks (TEPHINET), USA, held on November 1, 2019, at Atlanta USA. It is further added that FELTP graduate 1st batch of FELTP graduate also got Msc. Epidemiology Degree from UHS Lahore.
In the closing remarks, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Parliamentary Secretary (NHSRC) the Government of Pakistan is committed for improving the healthcare system within the country. She reappraised all the initiatives taken by Executive Director of NIH making a difference in the public health field. She said it is fortunate for the healthcare system that we are advancing in its all fields of production, production, and control of the diseases.
She also facilitated the process of Recruitment through Balloting (recruitment of employees of BPS-01 to BPS-05 through balloting. NIH made the recruitment and allocate all types of quota including, minorities, disable candidate and regional quota as per government policy.