Chairman, Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors, Mr. Mkpanem Ekanem, yesterday said that they are set to partner with the Federal Government, FG, to fight against Bioterrorism.
Mr. Ekanem, stated this when the leadership of the association paid a courtesy visit to Nigerian Pilot Newspapers office in Abuja.
According to him terrorists are adopting different strategy everyday in order to perpetrate their evil act, as a result, the association is poised to partner Government in achieving this feat. He stated that, Bioterrorism is another tactic adopted by the insurgency in its terrorist attacks on the country.
Pointing out that the association is in a better position to assist the government in this fight.
It would be recalled that recently, the Boko Haram insurgents poisoned a pool of water in the Maidugiri, Borno State capital leading to the death of many cattle after drinking from it.
Besides, the chairman also expressed readiness to eradicate quacks from the profession who are prone to be compromised, according to him “it is very important to eliminate quacks from the profession, so that they don’t get compromised and jeopardized the efforts of the Federal Government in the fight”.
The body also enjoins members of the public to be very observant and vigilant, as they also have a greater role to play in this fight, if they see anything suspicion going on in science laboratories around them, they should not hesitate to alert the relevant authorities.
Also in the delegation are other executive members including Okechkwu Ironkw the vice chairman, Isah Ahmedu, Hassan Kuburat, Benson Obiageli and Chioma Chigbundu.
However, the body is of the body is of the view that training and retraining of medical laboratory scientist will help in updating members to brace up to the challenges of bioterrorism, as this will broaden their horizon. The body also enjoins other professional association to cooperate with her in the fight against bioterrorism, as only collaborative efforts and information sharing, can sustain the efforts geared towards flushing out terrorism in the country.

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