The Hitech Diagnostic Centre has inaugurated the Central Reference Laboratory to enhance quality of diagnosis and facilitate quick and accurate analysis. The Central Reference Laboratory, Purasawalkam, established at a cost of Rs 12 crore, was inaugurated by Governor K. Rosaiah who said rapid urbanisation and advancements in socio-economic front had changed lifestyle patterns causing many new diseases.
Giving statistics he said that there are about 40 million diabetes patients, 3.8 million people suffering from tuberculosis and 2.5 million struck by cancer. “We have to minimise and curtail the increase in number of diabetes patients, cancer and tuberculosis, heart ailments and other diseases. Today we have made rapid strides in modern science and diagnosis. The advancements in medical science have been an added advantage and the role played by diagnostic laboratories in accurate and early diagnosis will help to have a check on further increase in the level of diseases and cure them.”
He said there was a need to enhance quality and competence of the labs on a par with international standards. “Developing quality standards, specifying regulations for diagnostic centres will curtail the mushrooming of sub-standard diagnostic centres.”
The Governor also appreciated the efforts taken by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to regulate the laboratories and diagnostic centres.
Dr. S.P. Ganesan, Chairman and Managing Director, Hitech Disgnostic Centre, said that Hitech had crossed 25 years of service in medical diagnosis and now could check 5,000 samples everyday.
Several senior doctors from the city attended the function.