The Lancet Commission on diagnostics: transforming access to diagnostics (3) Appropriate use of diagnostic tests (2)

25 October, 2021

Dear friends, diagnosis is - to my view - the major pillar in medicine. Medical contact means that a doctor suspects a diagnose (1) and that a laboratory or xray confirms that diagnose (2). Therapy will follow guidelines.

Well, there are blood tests that are not adequate and should be abandoned:

1) Widal test for typhoid

2) rapid test for helicobacter pylori

3) rapid test for tubercolosis

I forgot others but the first 2 have been on fashion from long, very much widespread in Africa, they fetch profit$ to private settings, they are grossly unreliable. A way to derobe 'sick' people of their meagre income.

What is your opinion/comment?



HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health. massimoser20 AT