By Confidente Reporter
PATHOLOGY is a medical speciality that focuses on determining the causes, effects and behaviours of diseases. It therefore has a central role to play in all stages of our life – from the unborn child through to the elderly person. Pathology is vital for the detection and treatment of most medical conditions – from cancer, diabetes and heart disease to infections, allergies and infertility. Without professional pathology service providers, maintaining the high standard of Namibia’s healthcare provision would not be possible.
By analysing and testing body tissue and fluids, pathology enables medical professionals to diagnose and treat people correctly. Pathology in Namibia combines sophisticated technology with highly-skilled, caring staff to give clients, families, carers, medical staff and Government the best service possible.
Pathology services are an essential element of almost all patient’s healthcare: pathology therefore has a role to play in improving medical outcomes for thousands of Namibians and their loved ones every year.
Importance of Pathology
Pathology services lie at the heart of healthcare services provided to clients and the community. They underpin the quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare.
Pathology is a clinical knowledge service that is fundamental to modern medical practice and health care.
Pathology is used in the diagnosis, treatment and management of an increasing range of clinical conditions.
Pathology investigations are an integral part of the clinical consultation and procedural process with studies indicating that 70 to 80 per cent of all healthcare decisions affecting diagnosis or treatment involve a pathology investigation.
Pathology is essential to the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many of the leading causes of disease burden in Namibia, including cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
Across the world studies indicated that pathology testing is ordered during one in every five healthcare client visits; about 40 per cent of pathology testing is used for diagnostic purposes, 40 per cent for monitoring and 20 per cent for preventative purposes.
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