• Laboratory

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    The Nairobi Hospital laboratory consists of

    the following sections: Histopathology, Cytology, Clinical Chemistry,

    Haematology, Special Chemistry and Microbiology. 

    The laboratory performs over 200

    different kinds of tests and about 20,000 tests per year, making it one

    of the largest in the country.

    The laboratory is committed to

    providing accurate, analytical results, in the shortest possible time

    and at a reasonable cost to patients. Laboratory reports are forwarded

    to the wards or to the consultants as soon as possible. All test results

    are confidential.

    The laboratory remains open

    twenty-four hours a day for any accidents and emergencies.

    Above, a

    doctor’s instructions are programmed into the Synchron clinical system

    analyzer, which is used for cardiac, liver and renal tests. It is also

    used to test for abnormal enzymes in the blood.

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    Consultants and their


    The various laboratory sections are

    directly supervised by qualified clinical pathologists who are expert in

    their respective fields.  These are:

    1.   Professor Aggrey

    Nyongo – Anatomic Pathology (Cytopathology and 


    A graduate of University of

    Michigan, Class of 1977.  Certified by American Board of Pathology

    and a former Associate Professor at the University of


    2.   Dr. Malkit

    Riyat  – Haematology and Blood Transfusion

    A graduate of the University of

    Nairobi and an MRC(Path) UK.  Dr. Riyat is a former Senior Lecturer

    at the University of  Nairobi

    3.   Dr. Mirza, MB ChB;


    Is a graduate of the Royal College

    of Physicians.  A consultant in Microbiology and

    Parasitology.  Dr. Mirza was a Senior Lecturer at the University of


    4.   Dr. Angela Amayo, MB

    ChB; M.Med (Path)

    Consultant in Clinical Chemistry,

    Senior Lecturer and Chairperson of the Department of  Clinical

    Chemistry, University of Nairobi.

    5.   Dr. Ndemo, BDS 

    D Pharm

    Consultant in Therapeutic Drug

    Monitoring and Toxicology.  He is a lecturer in Pharmacy,

    University of Nairobi.

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    Tests for infections in the tropics

    The laboratory is set up for rapid

    and accurate diagnosis of common tropical infectious diseases. 

    These are malaria, typhoid, diarrhoeal diseases and


    Above, a lab

    technologist uses the BACTEC machine to read specimens for Tuberculosis

    culture. The machine uses radiometric methods to detect the growth of


    Some common

    infections in the tropics include :


    Fever: Symptoms of typhoid fever include chilly sensations,

    headaches, loss of appetite, fever, diarrhoea and abdominal


    During examination, the doctor will

    obtain stool, urine and blood

    Our laboratory is well equipped to

    render culture and sensitivity of
    Salmonella typhi, the bacteria that causes

    this disease.  The laboratory also carries out Scrological



    Malaria is caused by a parasite known as P. Falciparum. Symptoms of

    Malaria include high fever, headache and malaise. However, these symptoms

    may also be manifested in other tropical infections thus accurate tests

    are important to determine the disease causing these symptoms. Should

    the parasite P. Falciparum be found, it is important to determine its

    concentration in the patient’s blood.

    Our laboratory is equipped with the

    Qualitative Buffy Coat (QBC), a modern equipment that enables us to

    carry out the necessary malaria tests within a very short period of


    The QBC has 98% accuracy and is

    operated by our highly experienced technologists.

    Above, a lab technologist tests

    blood for Malaria parasites using the QBC technique 

    International Quality Assurance


    1. RIQAS – Randox International

    Quality Assessment Scheme(London).
    2. CDC –  Centre for Disease Contro

    3. NEQAS –

    National External Quality Assessment (London).
    4. SAIMR – South Africa Institute of Medical

    Research (South Africa)

    Working hours:

    Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m. – 8.00

    Saturday: 8.00

    a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

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