By Victor Ahiuma-Young
AGBORâ€”ASSOCIATION of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSN,Â Agbor Chapter, has called on the Delta State Government, to fast track the establishment of the Directorate of Medical Laboratory Service in the state Ministry of Health, to boost healthcare delivery system in the state.
In a six- point communiquÃ© issued by AMLSN, at the end of its meeting held recently at Agbor, leaders of the association also implored the state government to established a public health/research laboratory in the state.
The communiquÃ©Â jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the association, Major S.N. Ehijinwa (rtd) and Mr. Hilary Chidi Ugwuoke, respectively, noted that the call had become necessary to effectively help in co-ordinating medical laboratory practice in the state.
Members of the association posited that medical laboratory scientists played a vital role in primary health care regarding diagnosis and control of infectious diseases and added that they should be employed as staff of the Directorate of Medical LaboratoryÂ Services in the Health Ministry when established.
They implored the DTSC to established a public health/research laboratory in the state as this, according to them, would help in tackling the menace ofÂ resurgence of resistant infective microbes â€œmostÂ Â of which, sometimes, are of epidemic proportionâ€.
The communiquÃ© enjoined both the state and federal governments to start implementing the Consolidated Health Salary Scheme, CONHESS, in order to boost the morale of health care providers in the state and in the country at large and urged the federal government to look for a seasoned administrator with good track records who could deliver â€œirrespective of whether he or she is medically qualified to head the already battered Health Ministry.
This becomes imperative in view of the decay in the health sector. A situation where the President and most Political office holders in Nigeria go to abroad for medical treatment is highly embarrassing.â€
AMLSN however commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state, for his administrationâ€™s resolve to reduce the unemployment level in the state by employing citizens of the state in ministries and parastatals.