Kato Katz training in Parasitologi Lab at UNHAS
4 May 2018
Last week, the RISE Makassar Lab Team undertook Kato Katz training in the Parasitologi Laboratory at Hasanuddin University (UNHAS), led by RISE UNHAS Focal Point, Professor Ancha Ansariadi and Asni, Laboran of Parasitologi Laboratory in the UNHAS Faculty of Medicine.
The Kato Katz technique is used for qualitative and semi quantitative diagnosis of intestinal helminthic infestations caused by Ascaris lubricoides (cacing gelang), Tricuris tricuira (cacing cambuk), Enteroius Vermiculars (cacing kremi), Hookworm (cacing tambang), and especially Schistosoma Spp (cacing pita). The World Health Organisation has recommended the Kato Katz technique in areas with moderate to high rates of soil-transmitted helminthes.
In this training, the RISE Makassar Lab Team undertook exercises including tool and material preparation, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), how to make malachite green fluid, and how to count and identify the type of worm through a microscope.
"This training is the continuation of what was done during the February workshop in Melbourne," said Professor Ansariadi. "We practiced part of the Kato Katz process in the Alfred Hospital, and now we have covered identification of types of helminthes and egg count. This training will improve the skill of our lab staff in this particular test.”