Work on Good Samaritan Hospital Lab progressing

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WORK on the Good Samaritan hospital laboratory is progressing according to Dr Gregory Jilini under Secretary to Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS).

But he explained the hospital will be used for testing of different diseases and not for COVID-19 testing.

“Work on the Good Samaritan Lab is still in progress. It will be a hospital lab. Due to its close proximity to National Referral Hospital NRH etc, COVID testing will still be done at the NRH Molecular Lab,” he said.

Jilini said an official opening will be organized once it is completed.

Dr Yogesh Choudhri Senior technical advisor to MHMS also confirmed that the Hospital laboratory is for haematological and biochemistry tests for the patients of other diseases.

“It is not going to be a COVID testing laboratory. It is for other haematological and biochemistry tests for the patients of other diseases,” said Choudhri.

Pauline McNeil Permanent Secretary to Health Ministry on one of the recent COVID-19 talk back show said the ministry of health are in the process to establishing a laboratory for the Good Samaritan Hospital

McNeil said the laboratory is part of donation from the Solomon Islands Forestry Association.

 “We are thankful for the donation from this private person who have come forward to support Ministry of health,” said McNeil.