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MAK Lecturer Writes Book to Guide Non Lab Professionals on Accurate Tests

The book, ‘Correct Collection of Laboratory Specimens’ which is launched as professionals around the world mark the Medical Laboratory week held annually from April 14 to 20th to highlight their contribution to the healthcare system gives clinicians tips on proper collection of blood, urine, fluid collected from around the brain and spine.
Dr Hakim Sendagire's book on medical lab tests

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Dr Hakim Sendagire, a lecturer and researcher based at Makerere University College of Health Sciences has written a handbook giving a step-by-step guide to be followed by health workers when conducting laboratory tests.

The book, ‘Correct Collection of Laboratory Specimens’ which is launched as professionals around the world mark Medical Laboratory Week held annually from April 14 to 20th to highlight their contribution to the healthcare system gives clinicians tips on proper collection of blood, urine, fluid collected from around the brain and spine.

According to Sendagire, the idea of having this book came after having realized that many professionals who collect samples are not necessarily laboratory technicians owing to their shortages across the country.

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He says that the biggest challenge arises from the point of sample collection where any errors at this point can have catastrophic impacts. He cites an example of diabetes where a mistake in insulin tests can lead to instant death.

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According to Steven Aisu the Senior Lab Advisor at the Ministry of Health, the new book is like a dictionary for health workers, even those who have studied laboratory medicine for quick reference while in practice as it has a step-by-step guide as one performs tests. 

He particularly encourages private practitioners to get themselves this book noting that there have been challenges to the accuracy and times disposal of laboratory waste which prompted the ministry to tighten requirements whereby every laboratory to be registered should have a contract with a biohazard disposal company. 

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Prof Nelson Ssewankambo a renowned Academician says this book comes in handy as Uganda is increasingly making use of community health workers in a lot of public health initiatives.

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