The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) on Friday renewed its commitment to eradicating illegal laboratories and improving service delivery.
Prof. Anthony Emeribe, Registrar of the council, said this in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said the council has established a National Corrective Action team to follow up on laboratories to ensure accurate lab result and quality service delivery.
Emeribe explained that the measure was part of the council’s efforts to rid the system of illegal practices, among others.
He further said that the team was charged with the responsibility to follow up on laboratories that are not turning out accurate results.
The registrar, who decried inaccurate laboratory results turn out from some laboratories, added that the measure would steer such lab to rise up to their responsibilities of quality result.
He explained that quality healthcare services commenced from lab result, saying that when a laboratory produce inaccurate results it would deny the patients of efficient and quality healthcare services.
Emeribe also decried the influx of substandard, fake and expired test kits currently in markets.
NAN reports that test kits are those kits or equipment used for carrying out medical lab testing to ensure they are of good quality.
The registrar noted other mandates of the council to include regulation of laboratories workforce through training and practice, policies as well as procedures of lab testing.
“The council constituted National Corrective Action Team to follow up on laboratories that are not doing well or to ascertain the accuracy of results turned out from such outfits.
“Such action will enable laboratory operators or scientists to rise up to their responsibilities of quality service delivery.
“We assess the results from such laboratories to know what was wrong.
“This is part of the efforts of the council to ensure quality lab services across the country because inaccurate lab test result worsens patients illness.
“Quality healthcare thrives on quality laboratory practices and results,’’ he said. (NAN)