Facility Head: Dr. Syeda Momena Afsana, MBBS, MPhil
Dr Syeda Momena Afsana completed her MBBS from Rangpur Medical College in 1996 and M.Phil in Biochemistry from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in 2008. She started her career as a Clinical Fellow in icddr,b. She later joined Bangladesh civil service in 1999 under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. After 12 years of service with the Government of Bangladesh, she joined icddr,b’s Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory in 2011.
During her tenure, she has developed the laboratory into fully automated status with full LIS integration. The laboratory is equipped with modern equipments on par with global standards, with adequate backup to operate round the clock. She also led the lab through accreditation audits with great success. Under her leadership the laboratory is now catering 70 accredited test parameters to its stakeholders.
Dr Afsana is an enlisted lead assessor of Bangladesh Accreditation Board given her expertise in laboratory quality standards. She has been involved in philanthropic activities as well. As a medical student, she was the vice president of Sandhani Rangpur Medical College Unit, an organisation of medical students for voluntary blood donation campaign. She is a lifetime member of Bangladesh Society of Medical Biochemists.
The lab process and test blood, urine, CSF and other body fluids, stool, and also miscellaneous fluids for routine and special biochemical tests catering to icddr,b internal stake holders, researchers and outpatient clients. The versatile menu includes routine biochemical tests, hormones and vitamins, cardiac and sepsis markers, therapeutic drug levels (Methotrexate, cyclosporine), and number of other disease markers like VMA, Metanephrine, Ceruloplasmin, etc. Recently the lab has introduced artificial intelligence based screening for diabetic retinopathy which allows an effective, simple and non intrusive solution for early detection of diabetic retinopathy for diabetic patients.
The laboratory is equipped with state of art autoanalyzers integrated with Laboratory Information System. The integration facilitates automatic test request download as well as electronic data transfer to electronic patient file with tracking and traceability throughout the process, insuring integrity and low turnaround time. Pioneering in the field for quality practices, the laboratory is the first in this region to participate in External Quality Assurance Scheme dated back to 1978.