Naivasha hospital laboratary receives top award

The Naivasha sub-County Referral Hospital has received a coveted accreditation standard on quality assurance in medical laboratory technology.

The facility’s laboratory is the first to receive the standard in Nakuru County from the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS), the only body mandated to offer accreditation services in Kenya.

The attainment of the ISO 15189:2012 certification is approval and a positive review to the County Government of Nakuru’s commitment to bettering the region’s healthcare.

This means the hospital’s laboratory is now using cutting edge technology and competent enough to handle medically challenging tests.

KENAS’s Deputy Director- Technical Service Ms Susan Munyiri said a valid test result means correct diagnosis leading to lower costs and ultimately saving lives.

She rounded the County Government of Nakuru’s efforts in ‘getting it right first time’ in the Department of Health.

While receiving the accreditation, Medical Services Chief Officer Dr Solomon Sirma said the department is in the process of upgrading facilities to better medical services standards.

Construction of an ICU and CT Scan units, an outpatient department and a new mortuary with a 68-body capacity are some of the projects underway at the Naivasha sub-County Referral Hospital.

The department is in the process of recruiting a nephrologist, a medical doctor who specializes in kidney care and treatment to be stationed at the facility.

County Director of Medical Services, Dr Daniel Wainaina said the lab will also be carrying out tests from other hospitals in Nakuru and other neighbouring counties.

Previously, challenging tests were sent to Nairobi or abroad for confirmatory tests. According to Dr Wainaina, that is now a thing of the past.