Udaipur : Lethargic working style, non -functional machines, fear of infection, delay in test reports will be things of past at the public diagnostic laboratories in Udaipur and Jodhpur. These would turn into model labs in the coming years with an enhanced capacity in diagnosis of diseases along with strengthened specimen referral mechanisms. They would work on global standards with developed protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) for specific activities like blood collection, laboratory testing and reporting, risk assessment and management etc. The lab workforce will be trained in routine calibration and updated on good lab practice. All these positive changes would take place in the next two years.
The district labs at MB hospital Udaipur and MG hospital at Jodhpur are among the 10 regional laboratories in the country selected for quality assurance under the ‘Labs for Life’ (L4L) project, a joint venture of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The (L4L) partnership project has been envisaged for improving quality of laboratory services, building sustainable lab systems, and strengthening institutions within the public health sector. Other districts included are Vadodhara & Jamnagar (Gujarat), Wardha & Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Vishakhapatnam & Warangal (Andhra Pradesh), Dibrugarh (Assam) and Darjeeling ( West Bengal) . The project has been designed to enhance capacity for diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases. It aims to improve quality of services, strengthen referral mechanisms and linkages with different levels of labs and ensure sustainability of interventions. In the first phase, a baseline assessment is being carried out to analize the existing system and identify facility-specific challenges and systemic areas of need that will be prioritized and addressed. Under the first phase of situation analysis and gap assessment, a team of qualified assessors visited the Udaipur lab recently and observed the existing working mechanism closely. The assessors checked the medical instruments used for sample collection, verified the make of the machines and validity of the chemicals being used here. The team led by Dr Sanjiv Verma and Dr Anjali Singh from Delhi suggested the authorities to maintain proper records of specimen collection and put up display boards on general rules and precautions to be followed by the patients before coming up for specific tests. In the second stage, a central team of experts would be coming next month to train the staff in their appropriate technical and administrative areas.