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Journal of Parasitology Research
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9064917, 6 pages
Research Article

Performance of Laboratory Professionals Working on Malaria Microscopy in Tigray, North Ethiopia

1Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
2Departments of Medical Parasitology and Vector Biology, Mekelle University, Mek’ele, Ethiopia
3School of Public Health, Mekelle University, Mek’ele, Ethiopia

Correspondence should be addressed to Megbaru Alemu

Received 30 May 2017; Revised 20 November 2017; Accepted 3 December 2017; Published 19 December 2017

Academic Editor: José F. Silveira

Copyright © 2017 Megbaru Alemu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Microscopic analysis of stained blood smear is the most suitable method of malaria diagnosis. However, gaps were observed among clinical laboratory professionals in microscopic diagnosis of malaria. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted in December 2015 among 46 laboratory professionals. Data was collected via on-site assessment and panel testing. The slide panel testing was composed of positive and negative slides. The kappa score was used to estimate the agreement between participants and reference reader. Results. The overall agreement between the study participants and the reference reader in malaria detection was 79% (kappa = 0.62). Participating in refresher training on malaria microscopy (Adjusted Odds Ratio (AOR = 7, CI = 1.5–36.3)) and malaria epidemic investigation (AOR = 4.1 CI = 1.1–14.5) had statistical significant association with detection rate of malaria parasites. Conclusion. Laboratory professionals showed low performance in malaria microscopy. Most of the study participants were graded “in-training” in laboratory diagnosis of malaria.