1. Tell us about yourself and the laboratory (highlighting what you do and your address):
I am Mr. Amarachi Nwakanma, a certified medical laboratory scientist with a post-graduate diploma and master’s degree in chemical pathology. I am also the Chief Executive Officer of God’s Grace Diagnostics Limited.
God’s Grace Diagnostics (GGD) was established on May 31, 2017, and is located at 30 Abiriba Street Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
We are on a mission to improve health and wellbeing by providing innovative, timely and quality services. Our vision is to make GGD a reputable Diagnostic centre recognized for quality, innovation, precision and accuracy while improving health and impacting lives.
We specialize in most fields of medical laboratory diagnostics; including clinical chemistry, virology, blood group/serology, haematology and microbiology.
2. How did you get to know ISN?
I was in my office one day when a marketer from ISN came in. He informed us about the products that ISN offers with great emphasis on your support services. He was so convinced that ISN will offer the best support services compared to other competitors. I subscribed to the partnership with ISN because of this and I have not been disappointed.
3. How long have you done business with ISN:
We started with ISN in September of 2017, four months after the opening of our laboratory and we are still with ISN today. I see our relationship with ISN as a divine connection. I have never regretted the decision to partner with ISN. It was a worthwhile decision.
4. What tests do you offer and how has ISN helped you in achieving this?
We have run a very expansive variety of tests, most of which are facilitated using instruments supplied by ISN.
We have the BD Seditainer which we harness to run erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
In clinical chemistry, we have the Roche Cobas c111 which we use for the basic photometric analysis, liver function tests, kidney function, glycated haemoglobin, D-Dimer, gamma glutamate transferase (GGT)etc.
We also have the AVL 9180 electrolyte analyzer device which uses the best technology for electrolyte analysis: ion-selective electrode. We use this for sodium, potassium, and chloride tests.
At God’s Grace Diagnostics, we use ISO certified instruments to run our analysis. There is hardly any specialized test that God’s Grace Diagnostics will not run with quality controlled and well-calibrated procedures, going by the recommendations of CLSI.
At GGD, we place a keen interest in pre-analytical procedures. This includes patient preparation to ensure that samples are taken correctly.
Also, we use BD’s ISO certified vacutainers as recommended by the Clinical Laboratory Science Institute for our sample containers. This is because we are very much aware that diagnosis starts from pre-analytics. We also run coagulation function tests using the Coaguchek Pro II instrument from Roche. This enables us to give APTT, PT, INR and we will also give you the control of APTT which is required by most haematologists to make their calculations.
In Microbiology, we have the BD Bactec FX40 and BD Phoenix M50 instruments which we use for blood culture, and identification and susceptibility testing respectively. Harnessing the immense capabilities of these powerful devices has been wonderful.
5. What do you consider as the best attribute of BD FX40 about the instrument?
What I love about the BD Bactec FX40 is its Short Turnaround Time (STAT). In less than 2 hours the BD Bactec FX40 can flag a blood culture as positive! Before the FX40, it would take a minimum of 48 hours to have a preliminary report. At God’s Grace Diagnostics, we then transfer the positive blood culture into the BD Phoenix M50. To be continued…
The procedure that follows will bring an innovative turn on one of the most basic practices in medical microbiology. Catch the next edition of ISN Digest for the concluding part of our Interview with Mr. Amarachi Nwakanma.
To find out more about God’s Grace Diagnostics, visit www.ggd.ng
Ebunoluwa Valerie Fowobaje
ISN Products (Nig.) Ltd