The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has expressed plans to stop operations of unregistered laboratory outfits within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The newly elected President of AMLSN, Ndubuisi Ebitea said in Abuja at the weekend that it was high time the association regulates the practice to curb quacks; stressing that medical laboratory scientists do not practice quackery but untrained medical lab scientists were responsible for quackery.
He said, “One the thing that the association is promoting, though it is the MLSCN that is driving it is introduction of quality management systems into our laboratories. We call it turn-around time; it is one of the key items in quality management system. We are going to embark on projects and programme to build the capacity of our members. We are going to work at introducing quality management systems both in public and private laboratories.”
Ebitea noted that if members and the laboratories begin to imbibe culture of quality management systems, the issue of delay in results will be a thing of the past. According to him, the branch is going to take the fight against unregistered laboratory outfits seriously because the MLSCN which regulates the practice frowns at quackery adding that medical lab scientists do not practice quackery but it those who are not trained medical lab scientists that practice quackery.
He promised to build and improve the capacity of members which will translate to better quality results for members of the public while ensuring that circulars that are beneficial to the medical lab scientist are properly domiciled in the branch for implementation.
Earlier, the immediate past President of the FCT branch, Dr Casmir Ifeanyi had blamed the infiltration of the practice by quacks for conflicting lab results usually observed.
He said “They may hold various certifications related health. When you have people with certificates in science laboratory technology, pharmacists and even clinicians who do have the requisite training providing testing, you can sure that you will have conflicting results.”
Dr Ifeanyi explained that the MLSCN has been up in beat at sanitizing the system but regretted that there are situations where heads of certain hospitals have denied them access from carrying their lawful inspection at laboratories.
“What we have decide to is to engage them head on, we want to let them see reasons they must improve the standard of service they provide in their labs by first engaging the appropriate personnel and providing testing facilities that meet standards.
“And of course, when you have conflicting lab results, you can bring the matter to the association and we will be able to help you sort that out as the issue of conflicting results can come from anywhere.”
Published: June 28, 2015. By Theo Adegoke
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