Proceedings of 1st Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme Scientific conference (Accra, 2017)

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Laboratory assessment, Northern Region, 2017

Cite this: Pan African Medical Journal - Conference Proceedings. Nov 2017; 3(3): 117. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.3.117.475

Submitted: 30 Oct 17   Accepted: 30 Oct 17   Published: 01 Nov 17

Key words: WHO Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA), clinical laboratory, audit

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Corresponding author: Francis Broni, Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Accra, Ghana (francisbroni75@gmail.com)

This abstract is published as part of the proceedings of 1st Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme Scientific conference (GHANA, )

Laboratory assessment, Northern Region, 2017

Francis Broni1,2,&, Joseph Opare1, Frederick Wurapa1, Kofi Nyarko1, Donne Ameme1, Edwin Afari1

 

1Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Accra, Ghana, 2Ghana Health Service, Ghana

 

 

&Corresponding author
Francis Broni, Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Accra, Ghana

 

 

Abstract

Introduction: laboratory service is an integral component of diseases surveillance and health care delivery. Tamale Central Hospital is government owned health facility with Clinical Laboratory which serves the Tamale Metropolis and the surroundings. The laboratory is mandated to perform routine and specialized Laboratory investigation. The Tamale Central Hospital Laboratory has never been audited. We assessed the laboratory to identify deficiencies and strengths so as to prescribe recommendations to ensure that the Laboratory meets the International Organization for Standardization requirements.

 

Methods: we conducted an on-site visit and interviewed the staff of the laboratory. The WHO Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) checklist for Clinical and Public Health Laboratories to assess and scored the laboratory was used. Each section was scored based on mark allocated to the question. Scores were summarized and presented in tables and figures.

 

Results: the laboratory has eight (8) technical staff. The laboratory works for 24 hours, from Monday to Sunday. The laboratory receives an average of 300 samples per day and performs about 750 tests a day. The overall audit score for the laboratory was 83 (32%).

 

Conclusion: the performance of the laboratory is unsatisfactory. All the sections assessed were below average. Management of the laboratory was inadequate and the laboratory was not adhering to good laboratory practices. Management should immediately appoint a quality laboratory manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme Scientific conference (Accra)

Country: GHANA

Dates: 18 Sep 17 - 21 Sep 17

Venue: Swiss Spirit and Suites Alisa Hotels

Organizers: Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme

Secretariat: gfeltp@gmail.com

Contact person: Dr. Ernest Kenu (ernest_kenu@yahoo.com)