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« on: April 05, 2011, 02:35:25 pm »


Worried by what it termed as wrong diagnosis by health professionals which has led to lack of confidence in the health sector, making Nigerians seek medical attention abroad, the government is set to conclude work on the National Diagnostic Centre to perfect areas of diagnosis of diseases.
Minister of Health, Professor Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu who disclosed this yesterday said the government is committed to the establishment of a national centre of excellence for the diagnosis of diseases because of government's belief that correct diagnosis of a disease is central to the treatment of the disease.
The minister who spoke while formally opening the corporate headquarters of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) in Abuja, said it worries government that Nigerians still go abroad for medical treatment chiefly because they have no confidence in the capacity of health institutions in Nigeria to correctly diagnose and treat their ailments.
The minister said, "wrong diagnosis is a serious problem. The likes of the great activist, Gani Fawehinmi would have been alive today if cancer the dreaded killer was diagnosed accurately and on time."
Chukwu said the diagnostic centre in the works would serve as a platform of improving treatment and would provide services of such quality as would match any of its type anywhere in the world.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Professor Anthony Emeribe, seized the opportunity of the presence of the minister to request land and funding for further development of the permanent site as well as the building of a public health reference laboratory in Abuja.
The Medical Labouratory Science Council of Nigeria which had been in Lagos since its establishment under the enabling Act 11 of 2003 had to build its new corporate head office in Abuja in compliance with a directive to all federal ministries, agencies, departments and parastatals to move to Abuja.

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