Council urges laboratories to embrace accreditation

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The Acting Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Mr Tosan Erhabor says accreditation of medical laboratories in Nigeria is key in delivering safer results and save lives.
Mr Erhabor stated this at the commemoration of 2018 World Accreditation Day in Abuja.

This year’s theme is: “Accreditation: Delivering A Safer World”.
According to him, the council is moved by a desire to help change the narrative of poor quality standards that appear to have stunted improvements and growth in medical laboratory services in the country.

For us at MLSCN, it has become imperative to ensure that there is a paradigm shift towards accurate, reliable, reproducible, timely and cost effective laboratory test results.
“We will not relent in our efforts to ensure that medical laboratory facilities in the country observe the highest safety standards in the interest of the practitioners as well as patients.
“When a facility’s personnel is qualified and licensed and the processes, procedures, equipment, physical structure and other prerequisites are in line with the acclaimed quality essentials.
“With the facility that has the audacity to expose itself to external scrutiny or validation then the facility can claim to be safe for all concerned
,” he said.

Mr Erhabor further said that the acclaimed benefits of accreditation which was the cornerstone of a good practice in any sector could be eroded by cankerworm of quackery especially in the medical laboratory.

“Our perceived nonchalant attitude towards the culture of quality and particularly its signpost which is accreditation has been implicated in the failure of our products and services to compete favourably in the international market.
“We must as a matter of imperative continue to probe our environments at home and workplace to ensure that they meet the highest standards of quality as we deserve no less
,” he said.

He therefore urged the Federal Ministry of Health to give meaning to its directive of three years ago to tertiary health institutions to commence the process of accrediting their medical laboratories.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that accreditation of medical laboratory was about standards of saving lives and safety of the world.
Represented by, Director of Health, planning and research statistics Dr Emmanuel Meribole, noted that advancement technology has made it easy to lead good diagnosis.

President, Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria, Dr Eyang Bassey, called for a comprehensive review of the country’s medical services for better results.
According to him, basic infrastructures are lacking in the health sector such as laboratories, saying that Nigeria has to be safe, to safe the world.

Hauwa Mustapha