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AKUH laboratory receives prestigious CAP accreditation

<p></p><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><img src="/nairobi/PublishingImages/CAP%20body.jpg" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/> </span></div><div><em style="font-family: helvetica;"><strong>Caption:</strong> A laboratory technologist examines samples at the Aga Khan University Hospital Laboratory</em></div><div><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/></div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;"></span></div><div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) Laboratory, Nairobi, Kenya, has been awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CAP accreditation is a global recognition for the excellence of the services provided by the hospital’s laboratory.</span></div><div><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/></div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">&quot;It has been a team effort since we began our journey towards CAP accreditation three years ago,” said Dr Zahir Moloo, Chair, Department of Pathology, and Medical Director of Laboratory Services at AKUH. “The faculty and the technical team in the department are proud to be the first hospital-based clinical laboratory in Africa to achieve such a high standard of recognition. This accreditation will be recertified every two years.&quot; </span></div><div><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/></div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">AKUH Nairobi Chief Executive Dr Shawn Bolouki, upon learning of the laboratory&#39;s accreditation, said: &quot;We are very proud as an institution to be awarded this accreditation a testimony of our commitment to the provision of high-quality patient care equivalent to the best hospitals in the world. Quality diagnosis is critical to positive patient care outcomes, and this CAP accreditation is a validation of our laboratory’s capability which serves patients from across East and Central Africa. We appreciate and congratulate all our staff for their hard work towards this achievement. ”</span></div><div><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/></div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory&#39;s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.</span></div><div><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/></div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">CAP accreditation is one of many firsts for the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. In July 2003, AKUH became the first hospital in East Africa to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 (now ISO 9001:2008) by the International Organization for Standardization, which is awarded to organizations that are found to conform fully to standards set for quality management systems.</span></div><div><br style="font-family: helvetica;"/></div><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">In 2013, AKUH attained the coveted internationally recognized Joint Commission International accreditation that is recertified every three years, a first in East and Central Africa, affirming the hospital&#39;s commitment to achieve its vision of being the leading teaching and tertiary healthcare institution in the region.​</span></div></div>