(2009; 84 pages)
Good quality care requires reliable and prompt laboratory support. To be of benefit in the decision making the laboratory support must be reliable, accurate and prompt. However, such laboratory back up is available only in bigger hospitals like the regional ones. It was envisioned that the laboratory services need to be standardized at various levels of health facilities to match the requirement of the hospitals matched equally with skilled manpower and availability of a constant supply of reagents and consumables. Therefore, except for the high -end equipments with a broad range of tests parameters at the national and regional hospitals levels, the aim is to promote simple and low cost, but robust assay methodologies at the district hospitals and beyond which can be performed by minimally trained technicians utilizing simple equipments and yet capable of giving results with acceptable accuracy and precision.