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Table 1 Regional variations in laboratory resources corrected for population (year 2000) (excluding two regions with teaching hospitals)

From: Improving the accuracy of malaria-related laboratory tests in Ghana

Region   2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 Mean Range
Population (millions)   2.10 1.55 2.65 2.10 1.25 0.70 1.80 1.85   
Laboratories Total 16 15 40 7 26 9 57 32   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.76 0.97 1.51 0.33 2.08 1.29 3.17 1.73 1.48 0.33–3.17
Trained staff Total 13 9 21 11 11 7 19 24   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.62 0.58 0.79 0.52 0.88 1.00 1.06 1.30 0.85 0.52–1.30
Microscopes Total 30 20 51 NI 16 6 76 20   
  per 100,000 pop. 1.40 1.29 1.92 NI 1.28 0.86 4.22 1.08 1.72 0.86–4.22
Colorimeters Total 17 8 46 6 6 5 14 14   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.81 0.52 1.74 0.29 0.48 0.71 0.78 0.76 1.22 0.52–1.74
Centrifuges Total 20 15 46 12 6 6 54 21   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.95 7.42 1.74 0.57 0.48 0.86 3.00 1.14 2.02 0.48–7.42
Haematocrit centrifuge Total 9 4 39 7 8 2 5 10   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.43 0.23 1.47 0.33 0.64 0.29 0.28 0.54 0.53 0.23–1.47
Spectrophotometer Total 5 3 13 2 5 2 3 2   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.24 0.19 0.49 0.95 0.40 0.29 0.17 0.11 0.39 0.11–0.95
Blood mixer Total 5 3 20 0 0 1 10 0   
  per 100,000 pop. 0.24 0.19 0.75 0 0 0.14 0.56 0 0.24 0–0.75
  1. NI = no information