REVIEW OF LABORATORY DIAGNOSTICS EVOLUTION IN NIGERIA'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
This comprehensive review elucidates the evolution of laboratory diagnostics in Nigeria's response to COVID-19, emphasizing its pivotal role in managing infectious diseases. The purpose of this review is to analyze the advancements in diagnostic approaches and their implications on effective pandemic management and future preparedness. A robust and comprehensive research strategy was employed, involving a systematic synthesis and critical review of peer-reviewed articles, focusing on innovations, developments, and challenges in diagnostic procedures during the pandemic. The results revealed significant progress in diagnostic methodologies and technologies, with enhanced capabilities to detect and control the spread of infectious diseases, despite logistical, infrastructural, and regulatory challenges. The review concluded that the advancements in diagnostics have multifaceted impacts on shaping effective pandemic management strategies and altering public health policy and practice. Recommendations include strengthening laboratory capacities, developing sustainable strategies, investing in research and development, promoting international collaboration, and enhancing health systems. The insights derived are instrumental in envisioning the evolving role and future of laboratory diagnostics in managing infectious diseases, driving transformative changes in healthcare delivery, and ensuring a more robust approach to infectious disease management.
Keywords: Laboratory Diagnostics, Infectious Diseases, Pandemic Management, Diagnostic Advancements, Public Health Policy, Healthcare Systems.
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