By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, (MLSCN), has awarded the laboratory facility of the Nigerian Airforce Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, the first 5-star laboratory accreditation in the country.
Registrar/CEO of the Council, Prof. Anthony Emeribe who disclosed this, said the status of the laboratory had advanced the quality system essentials to a level that complies with international standards and best practices.
Speaking when he led members of the Council to present the award to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar in Abuja, Emeribe said: “In line with Councils’ statutory function, and sequel to an invitation, the Council visited the 445 NAFH laboratory to assess for the purposes of accreditation.
He stated that the visit had turned out to become a landmark assessment for accreditation in the history of the Nigerian National Laboratory Accreditation programme, as it heralded the birth of the first 5-star laboratory in Nigeria. “This feat which no other laboratory in Nigeria has hitherto achieved, underscores the need for Council to present this award to the NAF.”
Explaining that the Council adopted and customised the WHO/AFRO checklist as a tool for accreditation of laboratories in Nigeria , the Registrar said, “This action was informed by the desire to drive a culture of quality and efficient health laboratory care to the public and the need to strengthen laboratory practice.”
In a response, Umar said: “This award has thrown a big challenge to the NAF. It is one thing to attain this position and another to sustain it. It is recognition of not only what we have done but the of contribution of former CAS over the years. That is what culminated to this. This is a step towards achieving the transformation agenda of the President for the armed forces.”
Commenting on the readiness of officers and men in the face of internal security challenges, Umar said, “We are prepared to confront any challenges facing or threatening the country. “