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Author Topic: Nigeria: Medical Lab Council Adopts WHO Standards  (Read 5033 times)
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Francis Umeoguaju
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« on: March 30, 2012, 07:41:41 am »

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) is expanding its continuing quality improvement programme and has adopted the WHO-AFRO laboratory assessment checklist as a tool for national accreditation. Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Professor Anthony Emeribe who disclosed this said the adoption which is a part of the Council's effort to ensure quality laboratory services would serve as a link to the WHO-AFRO National Health Laboratory Service Networks.

The Council which has the primary responsibility of ensuring appropriate disease diagnosis at the various laboratories in the final analysis across the country, works with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa Region to enhance regional excellence in medical laboratory practice.
Professor Emeribe who spoke in Abuja while inducting fresh medical laboratory science graduands from some Nigerian universities said his Council was committed to a mission of strengthening health laboratory systems and professional practice for quality service through strategic regulations and accreditation.

"However, this commitment on its own will not actualize either our vision or mission except it is supported by each of you," he told the 134 inductees from the University of Port Harcourt; Lagos University Teaching Hospital; University College Hospital, Ibadan; Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nsuka; Federal College of Vetinary & Medical Laboratory Science, Vom, Plateau State; and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu.
The induction of the fresh medical laboratory scientists was chaired by President of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), Dr Godswill Okara who advised the new professionals to make continuous learning a habit as they settle to work in their various places.

He said medical investigation plays a pivotal role in correct diagnosis of a disease, and that since they would be engaged in this important function, they should appreciate their own value and practice the profession with high sense of responsibility.
The guest speaker of the induction, Mr Idris Saliu who is the Chief of Party of Safe Blood for Africa, also enjoined the new laboratory scientists to embrace all further training and retraining opportunities they may get so they could improve their individual statuses and upgrade medical laboratory services in Nigeria.

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