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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2019 Oct;95(2):191-194. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2019.05.016. Epub 2019 May 30.

Assessment of laboratory capacity of public secondary health facilities in performing assay of selected epidemic-prone diseases in Oyo State, Nigeria.

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1
Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria; Department of Biological Sciences, Microbiology Unit, Elizade University, Wuraola Ade.Ojo Avenue, P.M.B 002, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria. Electronic address: bankole.oluwayomi@gmail.com.
2
Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Electronic address: ikeajayi2003@yahoo.com.

Abstract

This study assessed the capacity of public secondary facility-based laboratories in conducting diagnostic tests for selected epidemic-prone diseases in Oyo State, Nigeria. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 17 secondary facility-based laboratories in Oyo State. Capacity was assessed on a 100-point scale in which scores were rated low (≤49%), fair (50-79%) and good (≥80%). Diagnostic testing capacity for bacterial meningitis, cholera, and measles was "low" in all the laboratories. The reasons reported for laboratories not conducting diagnostic tests for the selected diseases included inadequate instruments, unavailable reagents, and clinicians' failure to request those diagnostic tests. Laboratory capacity to perform diagnostic tests for the selected diseases was low in Oyo State secondary hospitals. There is a need for the provision of modern instruments and reagents, as well as clinician laboratorian quality assurance programs, to improve diagnostic services relating to the selected diseases.

KEYWORDS:

Diagnostic testing capacity; Epidemic-prone diseases; Laboratory scientists; Secondary facility-based laboratories

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