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12 fake medical laboratories shut down for alleged illegality in Akwa Ibom ― Official

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12 fake medical laboratories shut down for alleged illegality in Akwa Ibom ― Official

He said the clampdown is in compliance with the directive from the State Executive Council over substandard services of medical Laboratories operators in the state.

The Commissioner listed offences of the sealed laboratories to include lack of Certificate of registration with the State Ministry of Health, Non-evidence of registration with Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria, lack of qualified Laboratory Scientists and other supporting staff in the Laboratories.

“I have received a number of complaints with regards to medical laboratory facilities and practice and this is an attempt to correct some of these abnormalities.

Umoh explained that monitoring of Medical Laboratories would be extended to other parts of the state such as Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Eket and Oron Local Government Areas axis of the state to check quack Laboratories in the state.

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“We have started with medical Laboratories in Uyo metropolis but we would certainly extend it to all nooks and crannies of the state,” the Health Commissioner said.

The Head of the Monitoring/Inspection Team, Dr Augustine Udoh, said lack of precision in medical laboratory test administered to patients resulted in poor medical diagnosis.

Udoh said such medical diagnosis emanating from defective Laboratory facilities could mislead Medical Doctors in prescribing the right drugs for treatment of various ailments.

He said one of the Laboratories visited was using a student on Industrial Training to work and issue test results instead of Certified Laboratory Scientist while others impersonate popular names of Laboratory Scientist in the state to defraud members of public.

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“The clampdown on fake laboratories in the state would continue in the new year till we reposition their services, achieve health for all in completion agenda of Gov. Udom Emmanuel,” he said.

He explained that those laboratories sealed would only be reopened when their proprietors fulfill all conditions by the state Ministry of Health, including engagement of competent technical personnel in their Laboratory facilities.

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