The Koforidua Regional Hospital is to train phlebotomists for health institutions in the Eastern Region to help improve upon laboratory services.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, announced this at the graduation ceremony of the first ten phlebotomists trained by the hospital in Koforidua on Friday.

The phlebotomists are individuals trained to draw blood from a live person or animal. They collect blood samples and other laboratory samples from the wards of the hospital and other patients for biotechnologists to work on them.

He called on the graduates to be courteous to patients who visit the laboratory and also desist from collecting money from them.

Dr Asare advised the graduates to aspire higher to be future biotechnologists and laboratory technicians.

Mr Francis Ussher, Head of the Laboratory Department of the hospital, expressed the hope that the training of the phlebotomists would facilitate the collection of laboratory specimen from the wards to reduce pressure at the laboratory.

Dr Anim Boamah, Clinical Care Director of the hospital, who chaired the function, reminded the graduates that they had a responsibility to keep confidentiality of all results of laboratory samples that they handle and never to disclose information to third parties without authority.

Source: GNA

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