THE Honorable Minister of Health Dr. Joseph kasonde said The University Teaching Hospital as the biggest referral hospital in the country can not afford to lag behind and benefit from the advancement in modern technology.

The Honorable Minister was speaking during the official commissioning of the laboratory information System and renovated Central Specimen Receiving laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital on 24th April, 2014.

The Minister said “The laboratory at UTH should satisfy clinician demands for quality laboratory services in terms of timeliness, cost effectiveness, reliability and availability and hence meet accreditation requirements in line with ISO 15189 standard for clinical laboratories”.

Dr Kasonde further said the implementation of the system cost about $391,952.45 and the funding was met with support from the Association of Public Health Laboratories and partnership with Center for Disease control (CDC).

The Honorable Minister said the immediate benefits include immediate availability of results to clinicians for decision  on patient management and provision of information for monitoring for the laboratory testing processes to ensure quality.

And speaking during the same event Association of Public Health laboratories representative Clement Phiri said that this partnership between APHL, CDC and the government of Zambia is being strengthened to enhance clinical and health care in hospitals.

And Center Disease Control (CDC) Dr Lawrence Marum said it is a pleas for the United States of America to partner with the Zambia government in improving health in hospitals like UTH.

He said that CDC has committed a lot of funds to various programmes in Zambia through the Presidential Emergency and Relief Fund (PEPFAR)

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