In a bid to ensure that Nigerians have unhindered access to quality, qualitative and affordable diagnostic services, the Federal Government marked and released Nigeria‘s first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL).
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, represented by Dr. Bolanle Alonge, Director/Chief of the Division of Dentistry, said that the NEDL is expected to improve patient care, diagnostic capacity in the country and complement the list of essential medicines and improve their impact and has been approved at the Emergency meeting of the National Health Council.
All states of the Federation are encouraged to implement the use of the document.
In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the importance of diagnostic testing in health care, and especially in achieving the goal of UHC, but until recently, there have been few strategic efforts designed to develop the evidence base on which policymakers can rationally.
increase and improve access to diagnostic tests”.
On behalf of the WR, WHO Deputy Country Representative Dr Alexander Chimbaru praised the government’s achievement in joining the list of countries such as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan that have adopted the concept of the Essential Diagnosis List of WHO, and has produced one that is aligned with the prevalence of the disease in your country.
He said that “The WHO Essential Diagnostics List, which was first published in 2018, is a list of recommended in vitro diagnostics that should be available at the point of care and is intended as a guidance document for countries to create your own national list based on your local needs.
By encouraging all states and health facilities to ensure proper use of the National List of Essential Diagnoses, he noted that it will not only improve the health system’s ability to reach accurate diagnoses, but also save health resources wasted on treatments inadequate and prolonged stays.
The National Essential Diagnostics List is anticipated to complement and enhance the impact of the Essential Medicines List (EML), which has seen great improvement in the availability and affordability of medicines and the quality of patient management.
” his part, the director of Medical Laboratory Sciences Division (MLSD) of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Dr. Kingsley Odiadara, providing an overvi The new version of the document said that the launch of the document in the country marks a big step toward achieving FMOH’s MLSD core mandate, as outreach to the NEDL will be cascaded to the state and LGA levels.
The NEDL includes 145 categories of diagnostic tests.
comprising 65 general in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) to help diagnosis of a variety of diseases; 73 disease-specific IVDs in clinical settings covering primary, secondary, tertiary and national reference laboratories and 7 par to the screening of blood donations.
In addition to being a tool to facilitate greater access to diagnostics and the quality of diagnostic tests that promote affordability, the NEDL is anticipated to improve patient care, diagnostic capacity in the country, affordability of tests, regulation and capacities of laboratories throughout the country.
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