Experts under the aegis of the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria have blamed the poor standard of laboratory facilities for misdiagnosis of many health conditions in the country.
According to them, until the Federal Government upgrades its laboratories, cases of misdiagnosis and drug resistance will not abate.
Speaking in Lagos at the 25th training workshop of IPAN, titled “The Role of Public Analysts in a Recessed Economy”, the acting registrar of the institute, Duro Abdusalam, said it was high time government took analysis in all aspects of health and science seriously.
He noted that laboratory testing of water, food, drugs, cosmetics and other consumer goods would save the country the embarrassment of harbouring unwholesome adulterated products.
The IPAN boss noted that circumventing laboratory analysis on exported food and agricultural products could dent the image of the country if these goods fell short of standards obtainable in developed countries.
He said, “The era of dependence on crude oil as the economic cash cow is receding and agricultural products have been identified as viable substitutes for Nigeria to wriggle out of recession. These exports will be subjected to testing and we can avoid any surprises if we have facilities for laboratory analysis here.
“We all run the risk of being poisoned when we consume or use unwholesome food, water, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemical, chemically or biologically-based consumer products. Also, the prevalence of strange diseases and drug resistance could be averted if we take analysis seriously. It is time to spend on and invest in and rely on laboratory facilities.”
In his keynote address, the President, Association of Forensic Scientist and Expert Witness, Nigeria, Abiodun Osiyemi, urged public analysts to develop themselves and keep abreast with latest techniques in laboratory and forensic analysis.
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