(L to R) Mr Ansa Wate - prinicipal Laboratory scientist, Mr Li Xianbo, - Engineer, Mr Alfred Dofai – Director Medical Laboratory, Mr Romson Nuake – Biochemistry staff.
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The National Referral Hospital [NRH] Medical Laboratory has installed a new biochemistry analyser on 8th August by the factory engineer, Mr Li Xianbo.

The installation of the analyser is to replace the old one which was in use for more than 10 years, said Director of Medical Laboratory, Mr Alfred Dofai.

The new analyser is much more robust and can do up to 400 tests per hour compared to the old machine processing 300 tests per hour.

The biochemistry analyser is a machine that tests for kidney, liver, heart, sugar, gout and other body chemistries.

The NRH Chief Executive officer [Acting], Dr Rooney Jagilly, says he is pleased about its installation. With the current increase of life styles diseases in the country, the availability of the biochemistry analyser will enable diagnosis of diseases for immediate treatment, he said.

Dr Jagilly, wishes to acknowledge the MHMS Equipment Committee and government in availing funds to acquire the new equipment that will improve care and lives of Solomon Islanders.

The purchasing of the analyser was part of SIG government tender CTB48/2016 whereby Premier Biomedical Engineering Limited of NSW, Australia was the successful bidder.

Meanwhile, another one bench top analyser for Taro hospital was also installed. Both equipment was purchased at a cost of SBD$1.3m.

The NRH testing does around 100 specimens per day covering NRH, private clinics, as well as for other provinces. These analysers delivery was fast tracked by the Equipment Committee.

– NRH Press