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Medical laboratory scientists advocate strengthening of laboratory services in Nigeria

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The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria (AMLSN) has urged government at all levels to strengthen laboratory services in the country.

Repositioning the laboratories, the association said, would ensure quality and efficient service delivery nationwide.

Mr Toyosi Raheem, the National President of the association, made the call at a one-day workshop organised by the National Institute of Medical Research, (NIMR) chapter of AMLSN.

The theme of the workshop is: “Accredited Laboratories in Management of Public Health Emergencies in Lagos.’’

Raheem said the World Health Organisation had recommended that the various countries should strengthen their laboratory systems for improved healthcare interventions.

The neglect of the laboratory system in Nigeria is as a result of lack of commitment from those who are holding public positions.

Healthcare interventions will be easily implemented if the laboratory system is being strengthened and given appropriate standard.

We are appealing to federal, state and local governments to focus on how to make laboratory systems in the country stronger.It should be in such a way that it can be comparable to those in advanced countries,’’ he said.

Raheem said the essence of the workshop was to update the knowledge and skills of medical laboratory scientists by exposing them to latest scientific developments across the world.

Also speaking, Mrs Fransica Nwaokorie, a senior lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said in her keynote address that quality management system should be included in schools’ curriculum.

Nwaokorie, who teaches at the Medical Laboratory Science Department, said inclusion of quality management system in the curriculum would boost medical laboratory science.

We want to ensure that laboratory scientists maintain quality in their various engagements by following standards either under emergency or regular laboratory work.

The only way to do this is to engage quality management system which looks at the standard accreditation of the International Standard Organisation (ISO).

We can put it in a programmed curriculum such as the primary school curriculum by exposing the pupils to laboratory work and the quality to be maintained.This can also be done in secondary schools.

It will also enable interested scientists to know the essential qualities as there are 12 quality system essentials peculiar to laboratory scientists,’’ Nwaokorie said



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