The Asia-Pacific Federation for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine News 2020, issue 2, is now available. Despite these challenging times, Dr. Raja Elina, Chief Editor APFCB News, is pleased to bring you the second issue of the APFCB News 2020.
Many countries around the world have been affected by Covid-19 pandemic. It has caused a global healthcare crisis and brought much sorrow. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to and shown the importance of clinical laboratory testing to the overall treatment outcome of the patient like never before. Many among us are directly or indirectly involved and have contributed to the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from establishing a diagnosis, prognosis, disease staging, therapeutic drug monitoring, and epidemiologic surveillance studies. Although clinical laboratory professionals provide crucial data to doctors, they are often “forgotten warriors” in the fight to save a patient’s life.
In this issue of the APFCB News, Mr. Joseph Lopez, past President of the APFCB, has contributed a lovely poem as a tribute to all Covid-19 fighters in healthcare and especially to those working in the laboratory. I take this opportunity to thank the IFCC for sharing the information on the various initiatives undertaken by the IFCC Global Taskforce on COVID-19. The work of this task force has been invaluable in supporting clinical laboratories around the world in the fight against COVID-19.
Continuing with tradition, the cover-page of this issue of the APFCB News features the image of a painting graciously provided by Dr. Tan It Koon, founder and past President of APFCB. We are grateful to Dr. Tan It Koon for his unfailing support to the APFCB and for sharing with us his beautiful blue painting to view and enjoy in these difficult and troubling times. Read more