Masters of Science in Medical Microbiology & Parasitology

Program description: 

The MSc. Medical Microbiology & Parasitology program offers a 24 months training/research in endemic tropical diseases. One of such researches hosted in Animal & Environmental Biology Department, University of Uyo is the President’s Malaria Initiative’s supported “Vector surveillance and insecticides susceptibility/resistance studies” in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Federal Ministry of Health-Nigeria. The sentinel site was established in Ibekwe Akpan Nya, Mkpat Enin LGA, Akwa Ibom State-Nigeria (Mangrove/Forest Ecozone) since February, 2016.

NMEP in collaboration with Vectorlink Nigeria and University of Uyo is currently conducting routine entomological surveillance and insecticide susceptibility/resistance studies on larvae and pupae collected from various breeding sites in Mkpat Enin, Itu, Ikot Ekpene, Oron, Abak and Nsit Ubium communities.

ACTIVITIES:

 Pyrethrum Spray Sheet Collection of adult malaria vectors (mosquitoes) and using CDC Light Trap Methods, placed indoors and outdoors in four structures located in the Sentinel site to measure vector density, distribution and seasonality monthly.
 Morphological identification and dissection for parity to determine the proportion of malaria vectors collected from the CDC Light Trap and the age grading/parity rate in the Sentinel site.
 Larval sampling of malaria vectors.
 Insecticide susceptibility Test to determine the susceptibility/resistance of the local mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae s. l.) to WHOPES-approved insecticides using both WHO Tube Bioassay and CDC Bottle Bioassay methods.
Synergistic test to investigate the plausible role of metabolic enzymes in insecticide detoxification in the resistant mosquito population using Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO), an inhibitor of mixed function oxidase on Anopheles gambiae.
(Link: www.researchgate.net/inyangatting)

Program discipline(s): 
Microbiology
Parasitology