Teaching Hospitals given a year’s ultimatum to establish laboratories



Federal government, on Tuesday, gave 24-months ultimatum to all teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres (FMCs) in the country to get their laboratories duly accredited to meet international standard.

The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, who gave the directive at the World Accreditation Day Celebration in Abuja, said the country can no longer fold its arms and watch other nations, including sister nations, move their health systems forward, while maintaining that the excuse that the process of accreditation has nothing to do with the country is clearly self-serving, unpatriotic and flawed.

He said that for the country?s health sector to compete favourably with that of other countries of the world, all the necessary health care structures and services must be put in place.

While commending the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) for joining other members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation/ International Accreditation Forum (ILAC/IAF) to mark the day and flag the country?s flag, Awute said he was satisfied with the array of experts that gathered at the occasion for the purpose.

He further urged the stakeholders at the occasion to seize the rare opportunity offered by the platform, while keeping in mind the all-important theme ?Accreditation: Supporting the Delivery of Health and Social Care?.

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