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Medical Lab. Council inspects facilities in FCT, prosecutes offenders

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Medical Lab. Council inspects facilities in FCT, prosecutes offenders

Ms Ini Edeh, deputy director of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), said the council had inspected 99 facilities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as part of an ongoing exercise.

Edeh said this Thursday in Abuja during an update on the ongoing inspection of medical laboratories in the territory.

She added that the council inspected 99 labs, sealed 10, visited 13 but could not assess as the facilities were closed, arrested two people, while two others were prosecuted.

She stated that the exercise is in accordance with the MLSCN Act, Cap M25, Section 4 (h) and 19 (d), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, which provides the legal and regulatory framework with respect to the inspection. and monitoring of the installations.

Edeh noted that the inspection, which began on October 25 and ended on October 29 as a first step, was aimed at assessing compliance with the minimum standards required to operate a medical laboratory in the country.

She explained that “the exercise will ensure that medical laboratories generate accurate, reliable and timely results for effective treatment and management of patients.

“It will ensure that good laboratory practices, ethical values ​​and safety measures are observed by practitioners.

“We will also stem the tide of quackery and unhealthy practices in the medical laboratory science profession by sealing substandard facilities, arresting and prosecuting unqualified personnel caught generating medical laboratory test results. . “

The deputy director said that in fulfilling its mandate to inspect medical laboratories, the council specified a checklist, namely a sufficient number of medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians and assistants of medical laboratories who have the license to practice or the current work permit, to ensure good result.

She noted that “others have demonstrated competence in a specific testing procedure through regular, documented skills assessment and continuing professional development (CPD).

“Some others are adequate laboratory space and infrastructure that meets minimum installation and safety requirements, regular use of internal quality control (IQC) and participation in proficiency testing (PT) and external quality assurance (EQA) to ensure that laboratory processes are controlled. “

According to her, the public can access information on the requirements through the MLSCN website: www.mlscn.gov.ng.

She said the board had, however, praised some medical labs operating under the regulations and scored above average.

She added that gaps and recommendations to all facilities inspected would be available within the next two weeks to the appropriate agencies and stakeholders, as each facility should have a timeline to address identified nonconformities.

She said that when the deadline expires, non-compliance would result in the automatic sealing of the facilities “and all sealed facilities will remain closed until they are ready to regularize their practices in accordance with minimum requirements.” (www.)

Source: NAN

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