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Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria Seals COVID-19 Lab

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, MLSCN, has sealed no less than three laboratories, including a molecular laboratory that conducts Coronavirus tests in Enugu state

Uchuno said: “We have sealed over three laboratories, including a molecular lab that gives the result of Covid-19. This sealing could be as a result of expired produce, use of quack personnel, or underhand Practices.

“We assure people that we are not sealing any lab because of lack of quantity of personnel, however, quality of personal could also lead to sealing of labs.”

Ochuno stated that the objectives of the Inspection exercise were to assess compliance with the minimum standards required to operate a Medical Laboratory facility in Nigeria and to ensure that medical laboratories generate accurate, reliable and timely results for effective treatment and management of patients.

The MLSCN inspection team however commended some medical laboratories in Enugu State which they said operate slightly above average, while many others are operating below the minimum standard required to guarantee quality medical laboratory results.

“We noted the use of unqualified medical laboratory personnel to generate laboratory test results by some facilities while others operate under unacceptable facilities that compromise quality as well as staff and patients’ safety.

“Most of the qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians do not have current practising licenses and work permits respectively. Therefore, the MLSCN cannot guarantee the accuracy of the test results they generate.

“Lastly, over 82 per cent of the inspected medical laboratories in Enugu do not participate in External Quality Assurance Scheme. This also cast shadows on the quality of test results they produce,” Ochuno disclosed.

He stated that the way forward was that MLSCN will within the next two weeks communicate the gaps and recommendations to all the inspected facilities and give a comprehensive summary to the Enugu State Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the State.

“The facility shall be given a timeline to remedy all the identified non-conformities. All Non- Registered facilities with MLSCN shall be given a maximum of 12 weeks within which to get registered. At the expiration of the given time for corrective action, failure to comply would attract automatic sealing of such facility by Council.”

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