The Laboratory is one of the major departments under the Clinical Services Directorate. It provides service to the Center's clients via it's various units:
- Chemical Pathology Unit
- Microbiology Unit
- Haematology Unit
- Immunology Unit
While the main Lab is located within the Old Site of the Center, the department also has side labs at the Permanent Site at Bamako, the Accident & Emergency Department and the Maternity Ward. In this way, investigation results are quickly delivered at the service point for patience convenience and expedient discharge.
The decentralization also enhances service delivery by spreading the regular short order requirements between the Main and the Side Labs, while deeper tests and tests requiring longer periods are given 24 hour attention at the Main Lab leading to more efficiency.
The Department provides essential services to the main departments of the Center, both clinics and wards (Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the General Outpatient Department), and to the NHIS Clinic. In addition, lab requests are accepted from the State Hospital, Community Health Centers and private clinics within and outside the Azare township.
Clients with special needs: Clients who cannot walk to the Lab for samples to be taken can be attended to in the car or ambulance that brought them, or in the waiting area.
DETAILS OF INVESTIGATIONS OFFERED
The following are investigations carried out by Unit:
- Chemical Pathology:
- U/E/Cr, LFT, Fertility Test, 24hr Urinary Protein, 24hr Creatinine Clearance, Alpha Feto Protein, Calcium Test, Fluid Analysis (Pleural/Ascitic and CSF), Glucose Estimation (RBS,FBS,OGTT,2HPP), Glycated Haemoglobin, Hormonal Assay, Inorganic Phosphate, Kidney Function Test (EUC), Liver Function Test, Lipids Profile, Occult Blood Test, Pregnancy Test, PSA, Uric Acid Test, Urine Analysis, Urine Protein Creatinine Ratio
- Blood Banking (Screening and Transfusion), Blood Grouping Test, Clotting Profile (PT, PTTK, INR), Coomb Test (Direct/Indirect), Cross Matching, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), Film Reading, Full Blood Count, Genotype (Hb Electrophoresis), Packed Cell Volume (PCV), Reticulocyte Count, White Blood Cell Count.
H. Pilori other body fluids e.g. pleural, ascetic synovial fluids are also analyzed.
- Blood Serological Investigation, CD4 Count, Hepatitis (A,B,C,E), HIV Screening, Venereal Diseases Research Lab (VDRL)
- Acid Fast Bacilli, Blood Culture, CSF Microscopy, Gene Expert, Microscopy Culture and Sensitivity (Urine, Sputum, Stool), Montaux Test, MP/Widal Test, Rheumatoid Factor, Semen Analysis, and Skin Snip. Cram Staining Procedures are also carried out.
For efficient and effective conduct of investigations, the following equipment has been provided by the Management of the Center: