SOURCE: STANDARD MOBILE
By ISAIAH LUCHELI
For many people, lack of highly specialised laboratory services in public health facilities has been a major challenge in the quest for proper healthcare.
This challenges has created a culture where patients purchase drugs across the counter from chemists without undergoing medical tests to establish the nature of their illness.
This is however set to change with the launch of Pathologist Lancet Kenya, a programme that will revolutionise the treatment of ailments, medical laboratory services, consultative and referral services.
Lancet Kenya, which is a member of the Lancet Group of laboratories founded in South Africa over 50 years ago, has come up with innovative methods of reaching out to millions of people seeking lab services countrywide.
People seeking specialized lab tests can now have their specimen tested and the results delivered to them as they relax in the comfort of their houses or offices.
This has been made possible as the organisation works closely with courier service providers who collect specimens from various individuals and take them to the labs before relaying back the findings.
According to Lancet Managing Director Dr Yakub Kalebi, the organisation has also introduced motorcycles services for the collection of specimens from individuals and clinics in the city in addition to DHL and G4S.
“Collection is done by dedicated Lancet Kenya couriers. This is cost and time saving for the patient as they do not have to commute to give the samples for testing,” explains Kalebi.
Upcountry patients also benefit from the services as their samples are delivered through the G4S and DHL.
“G4S is our link to the rest of the country. Samples from all over the country are transported by G4S to the main lab at no cost to the sender provided they are packed and preserved properly.
We also receive samples from as far as Dabaab, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan through DHL,” adds Kalebi.