Muscat, March 17 (BNA): The National Influenza Center in Bahrain won the World Health Organization Award for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, in recognition of its continuous participation in supporting surveillance activities and the exchange of influenza viruses with collaborating centers in the past. Two years (2021-2022).
This was announced at the conclusion of the third scientific conference and the sixth meeting of the Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance Network in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, which was held in the Sultanate of Oman.
The WHO award also acknowledged the center’s active role and contributions, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, in supporting surveillance activities and sharing influenza viruses with the WHO’s Geneva-based collaborating centers.
The goal was to intensify surveillance of influenza and other emerging respiratory diseases and to improve the use of data for setting up control programs and conducting research on influenza and other respiratory viruses.
Established in 2011 at Public Health Laboratories, the National Influenza Center was accredited as a National Influenza Center and a member of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Export Network (GISRS) by the World Health Organization in 2012.
The center, which is a branch of the Ministry of Health, was approved after it passed all the quality requirements specified in international standards, and participated in the External Quality Assessment Programs (EQAP) offered by the World Health Organization through the GISRS network,
The accreditation was renewed in 2018, after a delegation of WHO experts visited the center to verify the continuity of implementing the requirements and passing all local and international quality requirements.