KBTH Gets Modern Lab

SAL 6000K

The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has acquired an ultra-modern laboratory equipment to improve health service delivery.

The new equipment, SAL 6000 Analyzer for CMT, HODS adds to the hospital’s efforts aimed at reviving its laboratory services.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KBTH, Dr. Daniel Asare, said the health facility which trains residents, graduates and post-graduates, experienced certain challenges in the past that led to the breakdown of its laboratory services, making it difficult for patients to have their lab test done at the hospital.

He, however, added that the new facility would bring an end to the difficulty patients go through in getting their lab test done at the hospital.

“The new laboratory is a placement; that is a financial engineering where instead of buying the machines at the cost of $ 411,000 which will work for a year and breakdown, we are in partnership with Mindray for the lifespan of the machine for the next four years,” he explained.

“Engineers have been trained to stay within KBTH to operate the laboratory and ensure that the laboratory operates 24/7 so that anybody who comes to Korle-Bu with an emergency and requires any lab services will not be referred beyond the hospital,” he added.

Dr. Asare indicated that patients would be speedily diagnosed to aid effective healthcare and shore up the internal revenue generated in the hospital.

“All these are efforts to make KBTH a one stop shop such that if a health condition is not resolved in KBTH then the patient will have to be flown outside. Treatment will be fast and it will improve quality health care because it gives instant result which can be sent electronically to the medical doctor,” he pointed out.

The Executive Director of Lynch Medical, Maurice Nyamekye, stated that SAL 6000 is able to diagnose cases of hormones and chemistries, including liver, kidney renal, tumour markers, diabetes, including cancer cases.

He said the equipment is the first of its kind in Ghana, and it is able to diagnose about 2,000 cases in an hour.

By Abigail Owiredu-BoatenC