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Council Recommends Laboratory Accreditation For Accurate Test Results

Accreditation of medical laboratory programs in the country has been recommended to improve services and ensure accurate and reliable test results.

The advice was given by Dr. Tosan Erhabor, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), in a statement signed by Mrs. Fidelia Ginikanwa, Head of the council’s Corporate Affairs Unit, on Saturday in Abuja.

Erhabor stated at the presentation of the ISO 15189: 2012 certificate of accreditation to Lifebridge Medical Laboratory in Abuja that accreditation was the hallmark of quality, not only in medical laboratories but also in other systems.

According to him, such systems are increasingly embracing accreditation around the world.

“Now is the time for every medical laboratory in the country to start benchmarking international best practices through accreditation.”

“Such has been critical to the accurate and reliable medical laboratory diagnosis that we seek in other countries.”

“If it is good for the citizens of other countries, it should be good for our citizens as well,” he said.

He claims that in some countries, no medical laboratory facility can operate without accreditation.

“However, we should distinguish accreditation from certification because the former is voluntary and implies that the facility has climbed the quality ladder.”

“It has also conformed to Quality Management System (QMS) stipulations, and those claims have been verified and validated by an external agency,” Erhabor said.

He stated that the council was willing to assist as many medical laboratories in the country as we’re willing to participate in the accreditation process.

Patients, he believes, expect and deserve accurate and dependable medical laboratory results.

He went on to say that accreditation would prevent citizens from fleeing to other countries in search of such opportunities.

“It does not make economic sense to bemoan the scarcity of foreign exchange, which has contributed to the naira’s downward spiral.

“Yet, on the other hand, we spend what little money we have on medical tourism to other countries rather than scaling up our health systems,” he said.

Erhabor stated that the council’s recent accreditation of 14 facilities was in keeping with his pledge to turn around the fortunes of the health laboratory systems.

He stated that the Independent Advisory Committee, led by eminent scientist Prof Oyewole Tomori, had recently approved the accreditation of three new facilities, the assessment of which had been completed by the council.

The registrar assured stakeholders in the sector that the council would not delay the accreditation of any facility that met the accreditation criteria.

“‘As a result, we have presented accreditation certificates to two of the three deserving facilities that the IAC has approved.”

“The first was the Lagos-based Afriglobal Medicare Ltd., followed by the Abuja-based Lifebridge Medical Diagnostics Centre, and the third is currently under construction,” Erhabor explained.

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Accreditation of medical laboratory programs in the country has been recommended to improve services and ensure accurate and reliable test results.

The advice was given by Dr. Tosan Erhabor, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), in a statement signed by Mrs. Fidelia Ginikanwa, Head of the council’s Corporate Affairs Unit, on Saturday in Abuja.

Erhabor stated at the presentation of the ISO 15189: 2012 certificate of accreditation to Lifebridge Medical Laboratory in Abuja that accreditation was the hallmark of quality, not only in medical laboratories but also in other systems.

According to him, such systems are increasingly embracing accreditation around the world.

“Now is the time for every medical laboratory in the country to start benchmarking international best practices through accreditation.”

“Such has been critical to the accurate and reliable medical laboratory diagnosis that we seek in other countries.”

“If it is good for the citizens of other countries, it should be good for our citizens as well,” he said.

He claims that in some countries, no medical laboratory facility can operate without accreditation.

“However, we should distinguish accreditation from certification because the former is voluntary and implies that the facility has climbed the quality ladder.”

“It has also conformed to Quality Management System (QMS) stipulations, and those claims have been verified and validated by an external agency,” Erhabor said.

He stated that the council was willing to assist as many medical laboratories in the country as we’re willing to participate in the accreditation process.

Patients, he believes, expect and deserve accurate and dependable medical laboratory results.

He went on to say that accreditation would prevent citizens from fleeing to other countries in search of such opportunities.

“It does not make economic sense to bemoan the scarcity of foreign exchange, which has contributed to the naira’s downward spiral.

“Yet, on the other hand, we spend what little money we have on medical tourism to other countries rather than scaling up our health systems,” he said.

Erhabor stated that the council’s recent accreditation of 14 facilities was in keeping with his pledge to turn around the fortunes of the health laboratory systems.

He stated that the Independent Advisory Committee, led by eminent scientist Prof Oyewole Tomori, had recently approved the accreditation of three new facilities, the assessment of which had been completed by the council.

The registrar assured stakeholders in the sector that the council would not delay the accreditation of any facility that met the accreditation criteria.

“‘As a result, we have presented accreditation certificates to two of the three deserving facilities that the IAC has approved.”

“The first was the Lagos-based Afriglobal Medicare Ltd., followed by the Abuja-based Lifebridge Medical Diagnostics Centre, and the third is currently under construction,” Erhabor explained.

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