Ghana Sets Standard for West Africa


Mar 2015

Ghana has been rated as having the highest number of medical laboratories on the continent, and has thus been awarded four -star category.


This was disclosed by Ms Carolyn Pat Alsup, Deputy Chief of Missions at the Embassy of United states of America, at the close of a programme on ‘Strengthening Laboratory Management towards Accreditation (SLMTA) and Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Toward Accreditation’ (SLIPTA) and awards ceremony in Accra.

She said Ghana was setting the standard for others in West Africa to follow and looked forward to continue engagement and leadership.

The programme seeks to strengthen laboratory system in the country and helps to build local expertise in quality management systems.

The SLMTA programme is a task-based training and mentoring tool kit provided to laboratory personnel in a multi-workshop implementation model.

The foundation of this programme is a framework that defines the task a laboratory manager must perform in other to deliver quality lab services which support optimal patient care.

Training activities are designed to enable laboratory managers to accomplish those tasks using tools and job aides to enhance their management routines.

The SLIPTA on the other hand is a frame work of auditing, developed in line with the SIO 15189:2007 Standards and to a certain extent with the 12 Quality System Essentials of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Laboratory Quality Management System Guidelines.

Sixteen public sector medical labs were involved in the SLMTA and SLIPTA programme in three Cohorts. Cohorts started as follows: one in 2011, two in 2012 and three in 2013. Selected labs managers were trained in SLMTA for twelve to sixteen months and were audited by African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

Eastern Regional Hospital Lab, Koforidua, Central Medical Lab, Korle Bu, Kintampo Health Research Center, Tamale Public Health Lab., Upper West Regional Hospital Lab were rated four stars, whilst Upper East Regional Hospital Lab, Volta Regional Hospital Lab, Greater Accra Hospital Regional Lab, Sekondi Public Health Lab had three stars.

Others are 37 military Hospital Lab and Central Regional Teaching Hospital had two stars while Efia Nkwanta Regional Hospital and National Public Health Reference Lab were rated with a star each.

Source: ISD (Faith Junko Ogawa & Doris Sodjah)