Dow University of Health Sciences sign deal with Abbott Laboratories Pakistan for Total Lab Automation Equipment placement and product supply at Dow University

Karachi, December 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abbott Laboratories Pakistan for “Total Lab Automation” Equipment placement and product supply at Dow University Ojha Campus, Karachi.

The signing ceremony was held on Tuesday at the Governor House, Karachi. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. The MoU was inked by Prof Masood Hameed Khan Vice Chancellor DUHS and Habib Ahmed Country Manager Abbott Laboratories Pakistan in front of the governor, university syndicate members, professors, faculty members of the university.

The establishment of Total Lab Automation is to improve quality, reducing turnaround times for laboratory test results, save money and to improve productivity.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan in his address said DUHS undoubtedly a great asset for the country and it has got potential backed up by competent, committed and visionary leadership which will soon make DUHS a centre of excellence in all types of medical care not only in the country but also in the region.

He appreciated the efforts of Vice Chancellor DUHS Prof Masood Hameed Khan and his dedicated team for his dynamic leadership qualities in the establishment and the developments of the University in a very short span of time.

Habib Ahmed, Country Manager, Abbott Laboratories Pakistan, speaking on the occasion said that this Total Lab Automation system provides complete automation for all pre analytic, analytic and post analytic processing steps including centrifugation, decaping, aliquoting, test analysis, resealing, desealing, sample storage and archiving as well as the IT Automation to get patients requests from and transmit reports to the Hospital Laboratory Information System on real time basis.

He further said that this system had been designed both with the current workload and keeping in mind the future growth in volume. It offers sample processing capability of 600 patient tubes per hour with a throughput of up to 400 Immunoassay and up to 2400 Clinical chemistry test results per hour. This project will be for seven years and it involves a total upfront investment of US$2.5 M on the part of Abbott Diagnostics in the form of hardware installation only.

Total Lab automation system will be the first in the Country for Abbott Diagnostics Pakistan, although this is a long established global solution which is US FDA approved with many live accounts across the globe including US, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

We are strongly committed to make this partnership a really great success and a practical role model for others to replicate. We admire the selfless mission of DUHS to serve the humanity and feel truly proud to join hands with its management to translate this vision into action for the benefit of the society at large.

Hameed Khan sharing his views on the occasion said that DUHS planned to acquire latest technology of Total Lab Automation to meet the international standard, minimize human error and increase the working capacity.

Furthermore the basis of this partnership is to provide world class, high quality diagnostic results to the masses at the most affordable cost, by implementing state of the art Total Lab Automation solution which will enable them to get accurate results in the most effective and efficient way.

Initially the total capacity of Total Lab Automation to handle 1200 patients per day and would increase upto 7200 patients per day. The population of interior Sindh and Karachi would be benefitted by this Automation facility.

Furthermore, he recounted the progress of the University since its inception and also highlighted its progress. He informed that the DUHS had three constituent institutions in 2003.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3
Email: press_secretary@governorsindh.gov.pk

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