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Francis Umeoguaju
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« on: September 27, 2010, 09:54:01 am »

How to improve poor infrastructure in the nation’s health facilities and wrangling among the different professionals in that sector were among major issues raised at the 46th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) and the Annual General Meeting of the association.

The event, which attracted thousands of medical laboratory scientists from across the federation and experts from abroad, took place at the Welcome Centre, Ikeja, Lagos last week.

In an address, National President, AMLSN, Manason G. Rubainu wondered why an establishment should spend over N200,000,000 monthly to pay staff and does not have five million to supply what they need to work with. His words, “Why are things purchased not to specifications? Why do we have non functional equipment littering our health institutions? Why is our health system engrossed  in inter professional wrangling?”
Rubainu said the health industry is ill, wasteful and inefficient.

According to him, these issues and more must be addressed and quickly too. “I have gone into all these because we must all make sure Nigeria as a polity is properly fixed and her health system restored to good health,” he said, adding, “For then, medical laboratory scientists and indeed every Nigerian shall be well.”

He said the Ministry of Health look poised for good. Similarly, Rubainu noted that the recently inaugurated Presidential Committee to deal with issues of disharmony in the Health Sector is a pointer to this hope.

During the conference and international Symposium, the AMLSN awarded some governors who have delivered good governance in medical and health areas  non  honorary membership of the association. Those who were honoured with the awards include the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, Dr. Moh’D Danjuma Goje, Gombe State Governor, Suilivan Chime, Enugu State governor, Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, Imo State Governor, among others.

Also, present at the event is the President, International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS), Prof. Vincent Gallicchio who delivered the keynote lecture on Molecular Biology/Translation Science. His focus was how this knowledge has revolutionalised the design and production of new diagnostics and technologies.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, AMLSN, Lagos State Charpter, Dr. Chukwuma Okafor said the association has worked hard to check the activities of quacks in Lagos State. His words, “Gone are the days when anybody can set up shop for practice of the profession of medical laboratory science without any regard to standards by way of minimum equipment, space safety, quality assurance, etc.”

Okafor lamented that the practice of medical laboratory science in Lagos State is not where it should be and highlighted that currently, there is no Directorate of Medical Laboratory Services in the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

However, he called on Babatunde Fashola, the governor of the state to give attention to this area so as to enhance the practice of the profession in the state.

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