ASSOCIATION of
Medical Laboratory Scientists
of Nigeria, AMLSN, has
expressed the need for
government to establish
health programmes and
policy on healthcare financing
that would make medical
laboratory services free or
highly subsidized for the poor
masses who could not afford
to pay out-of -pocket for such
needed laboratory services
in Nigeria, not to mention
travelling out of Nigeria for
such services.
The National President of
the Association, AMLSN,
Alhaji Toyosi Raheem who
stated this weekend in Asaba
during the 2017 Public Health
Lecture of AMLSN added
that foreign supports for
diagnosis and treatment of
TB, Malaria and HIV from
US tax payer’s money and
philanthropists have shown
that free diagnostic laboratory
services could be rendered
to the poor masses by the
Federal Government through
properly mobilized funding
mechanisms.
The 2017 AMLSN Public
Health Lecture series and
Special General Meeting
with its theme: ‘’Malaria
Diagnosis, Diagnostics and
Phytotherapy’’ witnessed
different lectures from
distinguished medical experts.
Alhaji Raheem noted that
the current Rapid Results
Initiatives, RRI, of the Federal
Ministry of Health should
sufficiently integrate medical
laboratory scientists even at
the proposed 10, 000 Primary
Healthcare Centres, PHCs,
targeted by the federal
ministry of health.
He therefore, urged the
Federal Government to
establish functional flagship
medical laboratories at
least one in each of the
federal constituencies in
the country for accessibility
and availability of medical
laboratory services at the
proposed Primary Healthcare
Centres.
According to AMLSN
National President, ‘’There
cannot be quality healthcare
services at the PHCs when
request for laboratory services
cannot be met as at when
required, and as close to the
people as possible’’.
Raheem however, expr worrisome that while other
countries were putting in
place structures that would
strengthen medical laboratories
to enable them effectively
combat global health threats,
the Federal Ministry of Health
has not demonstrated sufficient
willingness to partner with
AMLSN and give the needed
encouragement to Medical
Laboratory Science Council of
Nigeria, MLSCN, in her attempt
to eliminate quackery and
professional malpractices in the
country.
‘’It is worrisome to note that
while Standard Organization
of Nigeria(SON), Pharmacists
Council of Nigeria(PCN) and
other regulatory bodies are seen
regularly on the electronic and
print media sealing companies
and markets selling or producing
illegal or substandard goods and
drugs/foods respectively, similar
exercise by MLSCN to sanitize
the medical laboratories in
Nigeria, was put on hold by fiat,
since February 2016 by Federal
Ministry of Health’’, he added.
While saying that this has
enabled quacks to proliferate
the medical laboratories at the
expense of quality health services,
the AMLSN National President
urged the Federal Ministry of
Health to lift the embargo on
inspection of medical laboratories
and allow MLSCN to perform
her statutory functions in order
to strengthen medical laboratory
services and promote heathcare
in Nigeria.
Similarly, Alhaji Raheem
who later briefed newsmen
at the end of their general
meeting called on the Federal
Ministry of Health to comply
with series of court judgements
which recognized medical
laboratory scientists as distinct
professionals qualified to
head departments of medical
laboratory services in tertiary
health institutions.
He described as unacceptable
a situation where pathologists
head departments of medical
laboratory sciences in federal
tertiary health institutions in
the country.
Alhaji Raheem also accused
Chief Medical Directors and
Medical Directors in federal
tertiary health institutions of
causing disharmony among
the various health professionals
by giving preference to some
professionals to the detriment
of others.
He urged the Minister
of Health, Professor Isaac
Adewole to urgently take steps
to set things right by issuing the
appropriate circulars directing
CMDs and MDs of federal
tertiary health institutions
to comply with the court
judgement which ordered the
removal of pathologists from
the departments of medical
laboratory services.
Alhaji Raheem said the
association as a law abiding
body will continue to resort
to using legitimate means to
pursue her demands.

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