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Private investors boost medical diagnostics in Nigeria

Posted: Apr 26, 2015 at 7:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A group of private investors led by foremost entrepreneur, Professor Pat Utomi, have staked resources into medical healthcare, as they formally unveiled Afriglobal Medicare, a high-profile diagnostic outfit, in Lagos.

According to the investors, the outfit, which was officially opened for patronage last week, will bridge the gap between affordable and high quality healthcare in the country.

Speaking on the rationale behind the investment, Utomi, said the firm is their little way of fixing a major part of the hugely depleted healthcare system, with a view to empowering Nigerians to be productive.

Similarly, former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Akin Osibogun, expressed delight, saying it has broadened the choice base for Nigerians on where to go for diagnosis.

Speaking in this regard, Osibogun said, “The diagnosis of many diseases now depends on our knowledge of the causative agents and the trail they leave behind in the human body.”

He said these could only be ascertained using high-profile facilities.

“Now, with Immuno-histochemistry, we can determine and sub-classify breast cancer with implications for improved clinical management.

“On the other hand, there are different imaging technologies starting from the simple X-Ray to the CT Scanner, to the MRI, to the PET Scanner, among others, that enable us to observe, not only gross anatomical changes, but also sliced anatomical changes and anatomic physiological changes,” Osibogun said, adding that doppler techniques, which are also used in the facility, has enable medical practitioners to study the heart in motion and pick up all kinds of holes in it.

While relating diagnosis to disease control, Osibogun said the recent outbreak of a strange killer ailment in Ondo State was nipped at the bud because of quick diagnostic intervention.

He said: “If the disease remained strange and we do not know the diagnosis, then all kinds of responses become possible, including social dislocation of the state.

“Fortunately, samples from the victims were sent to the laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where the samples were screened for Ebola and some six or seven other viruses and all samples turned out negative.

“That then allowed further investigation for possible chemical poisoning causes, which are highly suspected.”