The World Health Organization (WHO) in Libya has delivered genomic sequencing equipment with next-generation sequencing technology to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Tripoli.

WHO said that the device was officially handed over by the Head of Mission and WHO Representative in Libya, Elizabeth Hoff, to the Head of the NCDC, Hayder Al-Sayeh.

“WHO has been working closely with the NCDC to improve laboratory capacity in the country”, said Hoff, adding that as part of these efforts, WHO procured genome sequencing equipment for the NCDC, and also planned to train laboratory technicians on how to use the machines.

“Genome sequencing equipment is essential, because viruses like SARS-CoV-2 change over time. Genome sequencing allows countries to track the evolution of viruses such as the SARS-COV-2 virus and identify different variants and strains. The new equipment procured by WHO will allow Libya to conduct its own genomic sequencing rather than rely on laboratories in Europe.” WHO explained.