14 December 2012

Nigeria: 2,000 Benefit From Free Laboratory Tests At LASUTH

About 2,000 persons have benefitted from a week long free medical laboratory screening organised by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH as part of exercise to mark the maiden edition of its Medical Laboratory Science Week.

Speaking during the weeklong exercise, Deputy Director and Coordinator of Laboratory Service at LASUTH, Dr. Adeyemi Elijah, said the on going laboratory upgrade in the hospital was not unconnected with plans of the hospital to meet the World Health Organisation's (WHO) five star status required to obtain accreditation.

Elijah stated that: The showcasing is for the public because health is wealth, LASUTH just acquired a new laboratory machine for those tests that you travel overseas to do. It is now possible here and cheaper because it is in line with the Lagos State Government's policy."

The "health status checks" comprised the screening for diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis, high blood pressure, Body Max Index, typhoid, complete urine analysis amongst others.

The Deputy Director and Coordinator Laboratory Services, said the programme continued over the weekend with a health walk from LASUTH to the State Secretariat, Alausa, to create awareness, promote preventive medicine and avoid unnecessary health complications and diseases.

He stressed the need for more healthcare advocacy and re_orientation to encourage regular medical laboratory screening at least twice a year.

The exercise took the team to locations including Office of the State Governor, the State House of Assembly, the State Ministry of Health and Ikeja Local Government Council.

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