oa African Journal of Laboratory Medicine - View from the top : involvement of Namibia's health ministry in laboratory quality improvement - : commentary

Volume 5 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2225-2002
  • E-ISSN: 2225-2010



Laboratories form the backbone of health systems, providing critical test results that aid diagnoses and identify the causes of disease outbreaks. Accurate laboratory results improve medical interventions, minimise surgical and treatment errors, decrease the length of hospital stays and reduce the cost of hospitalisation. Weak reporting systems and delayed or inaccurate processing of test results contribute to increased morbidity and mortality from major diseases of public health concern, such as tuberculosis, malaria, cholera and HIV.

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