Samyak Diagnostic : A World Apart2016-08-28, New Business Age
While there are numerous pathological laboratories spread across the Kathmandu Valley, the quality of service is a major concern for the people who visit these facilities. In a crowded market, however, there is one pathology lab which has been providing international standard services to Nepalis for the past two years. Centrally located at Jawalakhel, Samyak Diagnostic is the first internationally accredited pathology lab in Nepal. “Our pathologists are available full time so we provide consultation to the patients if they have any queries regarding the test reports,” says Dr Keyoor Gautam, Consultant Pathologist and Chairman of Samyak Diagnostic.
Established in 2014, the ISO lab provides routine tests along with highly specialized ones using world class equipment. “We are providing rare test services to our clients,test samples of which are usually sent outside the country,” informs Gautam. The lab’s Glycated Hemoglobin HbA1c test for diabetic patients uses the global standard method of testing which is done through a machine costing Rs 2.2 million. “We use the global standard HPLC equipment for every type of test,” says Gautam.
From kidney tests, to tests for uric acid patients, the diagnostic centre has also, for the first time in Nepal, introduced a liquid-based technology test for the uterus. The lab provides specialized tests such as Immune Florescence ANA, DSBNA alongside other tests for uric acid patients using world class equipments. “We are the first to introduce this technology in Nepal,” says Gautam, while also adding that the lab has carried out many pioneering works in the field of pathology.
The lab also provides counseling to patients. “We ask doctors for further tests if required which are based on earlier tests,” mentions Gautam. “We have developed a two way communication system which is not available at other health labs.
Besides the Kathmandu Valley, Samyak Diagnostic receives test samples from locations as far apart as Nepalgunj, Birgunj and Biratnagar. With over 70,000 patients a year, the pathological lab has also been organising health camps to generate awareness about various health issues.
We took the pioneering step and urge others to follow suit. The ISO accreditation is a big step for the whole country and motivates others like me to take the step,” says Gautam.