Work on the Good Samaritan hospital laboratory is progressing according to Dr Gregory Jilini under Secretary to the 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 the National Referral Hospital NRH, Covid testing will still be done at the NRH Molecular Lab,” he said.
Dr.Jilini said an official opening will be organized once it is completed.
Dr Yogesh Choudhri Senior technical advisor to the 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,” stressed Dr.Choudhri.
Ms.Pauline McNeil the Permanent Secretary to the Health Ministry on one of the recent Covid-19 talk back shows said the Ministry of Health is in the process to establishing a laboratory for the Good Samaritan Hospital
Ms, McNeil said the laboratory is part of a donation from the Solomon Islands Forestry Association (SFA)
“We are thankful for the donation from the private person who has come forward to support the Ministry of Health,” said Ms. McNeil.
Source. Island Sun newspaper.
I too would extend thanks to the SFA for the funding support to build the Laboratory at the Good Samaritan Hospital.