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Quack medical labs increasing at alarming rates

09 October 2014, 15:18 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The Association of Kenya Medical Laboratories and scientific officers have expressed concern over the escalating number of quack medical laboratories and training institutions despite the country having a regulatory body in place.

The Association has called upon the Health Cabinet Secretary to move with speed and streamline the operations of the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists board.

Speaking to the press at the 21st annual scientific conference in Mombasa, the Association National Executive Chairman Moses Lorre said lack of commitment by the Kenya Medical Laboratory board has exposed the public and the medical laboratories professionals to grave danger.

Korre accused the board engaging in corrupt deals and poor inspection levels.

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“Some institutions have not been receiving services despite having paid monies to the board. That's why we call upon the CS to streamline the functions of the Board so as to improve service delivery," said Korre.

They said professionals have not received their licenses for the last two years exposing medical laboratories to rogue and unprofessional inspectors who have on many occasions extorted money from the labs they visited.

Korre called upon the National and County Governments to allocate more resources to the expansion and equipping of public health laboratories in an effort to increase preparedness in dealing with disease outbreaks.

“The current capacity of the public laboratories cannot sustain provision of quality medical laboratories services,” said Korre.

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The Association of Kenya Medical Laboratories also called for review of some of the HIV test kits currently being used in the country's HIV counseling and testing centers.

They urged Kenyans to ensure they receive medical services that meet the required standard as the association formulates a strategy of improving healthcare in the country.

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