Department of Clinical Laboratory

Head of Department: Dr. Baltazar Nyombi

The Clinical Laboratory (CL) Department came up immediately after the inauguration of KCMC in 1971. It is located on the first floor of the three-story hospital building.

The CL provides laboratory diagnosis of human diseases, monitoring and controlling both diagnosis and treatment within the human health care system.

The CL is accredited as "Zonal Reference Laboratory" for the catchment area of the Arusha, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Singida and Tanga Regions in the northern part of Tanzania

MISSION STATEMENT

To render diagnostic and Public Health services, Teaching, Research and Outreach programmes.

Diagnostic & Public Health Services
Training, Research, Outreach Programmes and Collaborations

Activities

Clinical Diagnostics

KCMC Clinical Laboratory support the patient’s care by conducting investigations on patient’s specimens in different sections including Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Microbiology, Serology, Blood Transfusion, Parasitology and Molecular diagnostics (DNA PCR for HIV Early Infant Diagnosis-HEID and viral load). During the year 2014 a total of 83,243 specimens were received and on which, 144,676 laboratory investigations were conducted as compared to 129,537 investigations conducted in 2013. The main reasons for the increase in the number of investigations (15,139 – 11.7%) were due to improved maintenance and operation of the laboratory equipment, improved stock management and reduced incidence of stockouts of reagents as well as hiring of more technical staff.

Teaching

Scientists and technical staff in the department were involved in teaching various programmes at KCMU College. Students from different programmes conducted their Clinical rotations in the department. These included Medical Doctors, Bachelor of Science in Health Laboratory Sciences and Diploma Health Laboratory Sciences. Furthermore, students from other Health Laboratory Schools in the country spend some time in the laboratory during their field practical attachments.