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The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), has sealed up 19 laboratory facilities in Ogun State, for operating below the minimum standard required to guarantee quality medical laboratory results.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Registrar (Inspection, In-Vitro Diagnostic and National External Quality Assurance, Dr Lawrena Olori, at a news conference in Abeokuta in an update on an ongoing inspection carried out in some medical laboratories in the state.
She explained that one of the objectives of the inspection exercise was to stem the tide of quackery and unwholesome practices in the medical laboratory science profession through the sealing of substandard facilities, arrest, and prosecution of unqualified personnel caught generating medical laboratory tests results.
Dr. Okoro said further that the team inspected 57 facilities, out of which five were closed, 19 sealed while two persons were arrested for prosecution for operating in a manner that poses risk to human health.
She said that the team inspected some facilities in Abeokuta; Mowe; Sagamu: Ijebu-Ode; Siun; Ofada; Owode; Sango-Ota among others, submitting that the exercise would be a continuous one.
“While it is commendable to note that some medical laboratories in Ogun State are operating slightly above average, the MLSCN inspection team noted that many others are operating below the minimum standard required to guarantee quality medical laboratory results.
“We also 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.
“Also, most of the qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians do not have current practicing licenses and work permits respectively. Therefore, the MLSCN cannot guarantee the accuracy of the test results they generate.
“Lastly, over 95 percent of the inspected medical laboratories in Ogun do not participate in External Quality Assurance Scheme. This also cast shadows on the quality of test results they produce,” she added.
The MLSCN registrar also added that a mop-up inspection to cover other areas in Ogun within the next few weeks would be carried out.