By David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), Anambra State branch, completed its annual scientific conference which included lunch, investiture and awards in Awka.
Nine members of the association received their attribution and nomination including Anahalu Ikenna as president; Sir Ibegbu Victor, secretary; Njotu Jackson, publicity secretary and Nwoye Charles, social worker to constitute the association’s 9th executive in Anambra.
In her presentation, Ikenna told her members that the responsibilities on the shoulders of laboratory scientists are enormous and the tasks very demanding.
He said trusting professionals should be seen as a bugle call to live above the edge. He noted that in fact, this meant that members had to be aware of their election promises in order to fulfill them.
âNdi Anambra deserves the best medical and health care services. Therefore, the 9th Executive Committee and all of the medical laboratory scientists practicing in the state will do everything possible to ensure that residents get the best of us.
âIn the age of diagnostic medicine, medical laboratory scientists play a leading role in ensuring that all medical prognoses and diagnoses are supported by empirical evidence and require medical intervention. It is in the DNA of medical laboratory scientists to provide cost-effective, precise and accurate laboratory diagnostics that provide the impetus for the appropriate treatment and management of medically disabled people, âsaid the President.
He noted that medical laboratory scientists have played a vital role in tackling epidemics and pandemics in Anambra State, Nigeria and the world at large. He cited the Ebola virus, Lassa fever disease and Covid-19 as examples.
He said that during the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, scientists in the medical laboratory risked their lives to obtain timely, precise and accurate results. He noted that this allows the government to manage infected people and their contacts through treatment, isolation and quarantine.
He insisted that effective control of the “fatal” disease would not have been possible without the involvement of medical laboratory scientists in the control program.
Regarding the control of quackery in the medical laboratory profession, Ikenna assured that AMLSN under his leadership would liaise with regulatory bodies to tackle this problem. He mentioned the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), the Ministry of State of Health and other relevant government bodies that he said would help his executive flush out quacks and illegal operators of quality medical laboratories. lower in Anambra state.
He said his administration would interface with the state government to employ more medical laboratory scientists in general hospitals and state medical centers.
“A situation where political allies are settled by employing their unqualified and unlicensed children with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences, biochemistry and other related courses in hospital medical laboratories to serve as qualified and licensed medical laboratory scientists is no longer acceptable, âhe said. promised.
Keynote speaker Prince Elochukwu Adibo emphasized the topic: Quality and Practical Medical Laboratory Service in the Community Health System: Challenges and Prospects.
He told practitioners that there was a need for a proper investigation and error-free laboratory examination. He mentioned the acronym ART in Laboratory Science which he interpreted to mean accurate, reliable and timely as something any practitioner in the field should always keep in mind without compromise.
Planning committee co-chair Charles Nwoye said the conference was the first edition of the Anambra state branch of the association.
He noted that the dream of the conference was born before the current administration was established, saying it has become the campaign mantra of the social worker office.
Some of the dignitaries present at the event were the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Livinus Nwankwo, among others.